The Sarnia Sting took a 3 - 2 loss in overtime to the Saginaw Spirit before 3,087 fans at the RBC Centre Thursday night.
This was one of those games where I thought we deserved a better fate." said Head Coach Jacques Beaulieu "We had a lot of scoring chances and we didn't capitalize on them. In the first period it could have been a 3 - 0 hockey game and it wasn't."
After a scoreless first period Saginaw scored at 1:18 in the second to take the lead with Nick Moutrey scoring the first goal unassisted. Nikolay Goldobin evened the scored with a power play goal at 2:32. The score remained tied at the end of the second period. Goldobin scored his second of the night and his 29th of the season on another power play at 7:25 in the third to give Sarnia the 2 - 1 lead. At 17:25 Garret Ross evened the score sending the game into overtime. With just 28 seconds into the overtime period Jason Shaw scored to give Saginaw the win.
Sarnia outshot Saginaw 34 to 27. Netminder Jake Paterson was outstanding in net for the Spirit that earned him the first star of the night. Paterson made 32 saves. J.P. Anderson took the loss stopping 24 shots.
"Credit to them they hung on and Patterson was outstanding he was the difference in the game." Beaulieu said
Sarnia went two for four on the power play, Saginaw went zero for two.
Sarnia picks up a single point and is one point behind Sault Ste. Marie in the battle for sixth place. Both teams have two games remaining.
Sarnia is back at home for their final home game on Friday in the first game of the home/home series against Owen Sound. Fridays game is set to start at 7:05. On Saturday the Sting travel to Owen Sound for the last game of the regular season. Game time 7:30.
"We dug ourselves a bit of a hole here so we are going to have to win here tomorrow against Owen Sound and again in Owen Sound on Saturday night." Beaulie said