Friday night at the Sleeman Centre, the Storm jumped on the visiting Sting early building a 1-0 lead before three unanswered by Sarnia decided the outcome in a 4-2 Guelph loss.
For the first 10 minutes of the opening period, the Storm dominated the Sting firing 10 of the first 13 shots and grabbing a 1-0 lead. Scott Kosmachuk gave the hosts the lead with a quick shot past JP Anderson on the powerplay at 8:42 from Matt Finn and Andrey Pedan. Sarnia nearly evened the score late in the frame but Garret Sparks kicked out his left leg to stone Nail Yakupov in tight.
In the middle twenty the Sting scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. Craig Hottot tied the game on a breakaway at 5:57 before Ludvig Rensfeldt scored less than three minutes later. With the teams playing four-on-four, the Sting had the extra man on the ice during a delayed Storm penalty call. Brett Thompson carried the puck into the attack zone and slid it off a Guelph stick to Rensfeldt at the side of the net for the go ahead strike.
The Storm had a few chances to tie early in the third before Charles Sarault notched the eventual game winner. With Dominic Alberga racing for a loose puck inside the Guelph zone, Garret Sparks sprinted from his goal to tip the puck past Alberga. Unfortunately for the Storm netminder, his poke check came up short and Sarault was ‘Johnny on the Spot’ to corral the loose puck and send it into the empty net. Down a pair late, Guelph didn’t roll over though and Cody McNaughton took a redirected Andrey Pedan shot at the side of the net and slid home his 18th of the season. With 44 seconds remaining, Hottot added his second of the night to make it a 4-2 final.
The weekend doesn’t get any easier for the undermanned Storm as they travel to Plymouth to face the West Division leading Whalers on Saturday night. Then on Monday afternoon for the traditional Family Day Holiday game at the Sleeman Centre, the Kitchener Rangers come to town for a 2 pm start.
Sarnia Sting 4 at Guelph Storm 2 – Status: End of Game
Friday, February 17, 2012 – Sleeman Centre
Sarnia 0 2 2 – 4
Guelph 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Guelph, Kosmachuk 25 (Finn, Pedan), 8:42 (PP). Penalties-Hottot Sar (unsportsmanlike cnd., clipping), 4:50; Mitchell Gue (hooking), 12:48; Sarault Sar (interference), 14:23; Pedan Gue (holding), 19:07.
2nd Period-2, Sarnia, Hottot 17 (Sarault, Rensfeldt), 5:57. 3, Sarnia, Rensfeldt 17 (Thompson), 8:53. Penalties-Harpur Gue (high sticking, high sticking), 2:45; Thompson Sar (check from behind), 5:39; Dundas Sar (fighting), 8:04; Turcotte Gue (fighting), 8:04; Boucher Sar (cross checking), 9:38; Horvat Gue (hooking), 9:38; Menard Gue (high sticking), 13:40.
3rd Period-4, Sarnia, Sarault 16 12:29 (EN). 5, Guelph, McNaughton 18 (Pedan, Garlent), 13:24. 6, Sarnia, Hottot 18 (Basso), 19:16. Penalties-Dickinson Gue (tripping), 3:43; Pedan Gue (high sticking), 6:15; Dundas Sar (inter. on goaltender), 11:07; Sparks Gue (roughing), 11:07; Mitchell Gue (tripping), 17:08.
Shots on Goal-Sarnia 10-12-2-24. Guelph 18-9-1-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Sarnia 0 / 8; Guelph 1 / 4.
Goalies-Sarnia, Anderson 20-17-1-4 (28 shots-26 saves). Guelph, Sparks 19-19-1-2 (23 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Darren Price (3), Kendrick Nicholson (22).
Linesmen-Ryan Wilson (54), Tim Steen (75).