Thursday night in Sarnia, the Storm’s hopes of climbing the Western Conference standings suffered a big blow, as Guelph stumbled to a disappointing 5-2 loss at the hands of the Sting.
Tied after one, after two and with less than ten minutes to play in the third, untimely penalties opened the door for the young Sting to score two times in the last 9:31 and then add an empty net tally with 1:36 to play to round out the scoring.
After a scoreless first period that saw the visitors fire 15 shots on Troy Passingham compared to nine by Sarnia on Brandon Foote, the Storm opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the second. With the Sting down two men, Peter Holland took a feed in the high slot and wristed it past Passingham to take it 1-0. Sarnia knotted the game at one less than six minutes later when Craig Hottot buried a long rebound off Foote’s blocker.
At 4:31 of the final frame, rookie sensation Nail Yakupov slid between a pair of Guelph defenders and roofed it for his 46th of the season to give Sarnia their first lead of the contest. Before the midway mark of the third, the Storm evened the score at two with another powerplay goal when Taylor Beck lifted a backhand past Passingham for his 41st. Yakupov with his second of the night scored the game winner on the man advantage before Hottot buried his second to double the lead to 4-2. Overager Tyler Peters into the empty net finished the scoring with 1:36 remaining.
Tied for seventh with London, the Storm will look to move ahead of the Knights on home ice on Friday night at 7:30 pm.
Guelph Storm 2 at Sarnia Sting 5 – Status: Final
Thursday, March 10, 2011 – RBC Centre
Guelph 0 1 1 – 2
Sarnia 0 1 4 – 5
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Carroll Gue (interference), 0:33; McNaughton Gue (roughing), 4:22; Rogalski Sar (roughing), 4:22; Ritchie Sar (inter. on goaltender), 4:40; Sonnenburg Gue (hooking), 7:25; Sonnenburg Gue (tripping), 14:30; Ritchie Sar (high sticking), 17:27; Peters Sar (hooking), 19:45; Hooey Sar (tripping), 20:00.
2nd Period-1, Guelph, Holland 36 (Erlich, Beck), 0:35 (PP). 2, Sarnia, Hottot 12 (Campagna, Chapman), 6:01. Penalties-served by Erlich Gue (too many men), 7:21; served by Beck Gue (too many men), 17:04.
3rd Period-3, Sarnia, Yakupov 46 (Galchenyuk, Rogalski), 4:31. 4, Guelph, Beck 41 (Holland, Erlich), 8:55 (PP). 5, Sarnia, Yakupov 47 (Ritchie, Galchenyuk), 10:29 (PP). 6, Sarnia, Hottot 13 (Rogalski, Campagna), 12:26 (PP). 7, Sarnia, Peters 19 18:24 (EN). Penalties-Latta Gue (fighting), 6:43; Chiarlitti Sar (fighting), 6:43; Broussard Sar (interference), 8:06; Menard Gue (hooking), 9:48; Pedan Gue (interference), 10:53; Hottot Sar (delay of game), 19:17.
Shots on Goal-Guelph 15-15-9-39. Sarnia 9-12-11-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Guelph 2 / 6; Sarnia 2 / 7.
Goalies-Guelph, Foote 21-18-4-2 (31 shots-27 saves). Sarnia, Passingham 16-14-2-2 (39 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Scott Hoberg (13), T.J. Foster (29).
Linesmen-Chris Thornton (89), Drew Jackson (57).