Petes Unable to Stop the Sting at Home

Claus Andersen

The Petes knew Thursday night would demand their best hockey yet as they prepared to take on the Sarnia Sting, who were 14-1 coming to the PMC. Nevertheless, the men in maroon stepped onto the ice ready to #StoptheSting on Plaid Night in support of the United Way, following a big win against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday.

The Sting entered the game buzzing, tallying their first of four first period goals at 18:49 on a shot by Schlichting. The Petes were then forced to penalty kill for four minutes in a row, following a hook by Denault then Korostelev. Here, the Sting capitalized on their second round with an extra body, when Ernst netted his first of the night, putting a rocket over Wells’ shoulder.

It appeared nothing could stop the Sting early on, as Ernst picked up his second goal of the night at 10:43, following an odd man rush with former Pete Nick Grima.

However, a power play goal by Korostelev ignited the momentum for the Petes. Sarnia’s Leufvenius potted their fourth shortly after, but this was answered by a second clapper from Korostelev. Ang followed up shortly after, sneaking his eighth of the season past Fazio to end the first period at 4-3 in favour of the Sting.

The Petes started the first half of the second with three power plays, allowing Korostelev to complete the hat trick and tie up the score, in a thrilling end to end game. Ang took the first Petes penalty of the second period for hooking, however, the Sting were unable to translate the man advantage on the scoresheet.

Immediately following his time in the sin bin, Ang hopped onto the ice for a breakaway that was converted into a goal when Fazio’s rebound connected with Dow’s stick and hit the mesh. This gave the Petes their first lead of the game.

Although the hometown boys outshot Sarnia by eleven in the frame, the Sting snuck two goals past Wells in the final two minutes of the second, making the score 6-5 in favour of the visiting team.

A defensive breakdown early in the third allowed McGregor to widen the scoring gap to 7-5. The fans were presented with some 4 on 4 hockey when Ang and Kyrou simultaneously took penalties for hooking then the holding of the stick.

The Electric City Kids were afforded a power play when  Schlichting put the puck over the glass and sat in the sin bin for two minutes, but the Petes were unable to make use of the extra man, sending Sarnia on the road with a 14-game win streak.

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Third Star: Ernst (16)

Second Star: Korostelev (25)

First Star: Kyrou (25)

Hardest Working Player: Fraser (2)

The specialty plaid jerseys that the Petes wore for the game are being auctioned online. Bidding is now open, and ends at 7:00pm on Sunday, November 12.

The Petes return to action this Saturday against the Barrie Colts at home on Saturday, November 4 at 7:05pm before wrapping up the weekend in Mississauga against the Steelheads on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00pm. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.

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