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Sting get thumped by Greyhounds
dave borody march 4th, 2011

“Unfortunately we practiced harder this week than we played tonight.”

Those were the words of Sarnia Sting interim head coach Trevor Letowski after watching his team fall 10-4 to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Friday night before 3,208 fans at the RBC Centre.

The loss was Sarnia’s third in a row are officially eliminated them from post-season play in the Ontario Hockey League for the second year in a row.

Sarnia has eight games remaining in the season.

This game was over early as the Greyhounds jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the game was 15 minutes old. They led 5-2 after one period and extended their lead to 7-3 after 40 minutes.

“We just don’t have enough depth to play a passive game like that,” said Letowski. “It’s disappointing. We can’t hold guys accountable because we don’t have the bodies. I guess some guys don’t understand there are going to be changes next year if they keep playing like that. It’s going to come back and bite them. They should take a look in the mirror because everyone is not safe.”

Letowski continued. “All we are asking is for a good effort. We will let them play if they play the right way and simply that’s playing hard. We had a couple of bad efforts on the road last weekend, but this is the first one at home in awhile. We got down early tonight and we are a fragile team. It’s hard to come back from that.”

He added, “They scored on a lot of their chances early. They also scored a bunch of power play goals. To play well defensively we have to dig in, play hard and care. When we get down early we seem to crumble. Our goals against have been terrible this year.”

Daniel Catenacci led the Greyhounds with two goals and three assists while Nick Cousins and Ryan Sproul each had a goal and three assists. Other goals went to Rudy Sulmonte, Vern Cooper, Trevor Morbeck, Dylan King and Brett Findlay with a pair.

Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist for Sarnia. For Yakupov it was his 44th of the year and 24th for Galchenyuk. Kale Kerbashian notched 31st and Garrett Hooey with his 6th.

Earlier in the day Yakupov was named OHL Rookie of the Month for February. It marks the third time this season Yakupov has been rookie of the month. He led all rookies with eight goals and nine assists in 10 games. During the month he surpassed Steven Stamkos for most goals in a season by a Sting rookie. Stamkos had the record of 42 set in 2006-07.

The Greyhounds scored four power play goals while Sarnia had one.

Troy Passingham played the first period in goal for the Sting before giving way to Brandon Hope. Together they faced 36 shots. Sarnia fired 33 shots as Greyhounds netminder Matt Murray.

Sarnia played without four regulars. Jesse Stoughton, Brett Ritchie and Anthony Donati all remain sidelined with injuries while Dean Pawlaczyk served the third of a six-game suspension.

Donati is the latest Sting player to suffer a lower body injury at practice this week and isn’t expected to play again this season.

Forward Jesse Drydak and defenceman Joshua Chapman were both up from the Sarnia Legionnaires junior B team.

Sarnia resumes action Saturday night playing in St. Catharines against the Niagara IceDogs while Sunday afternoon they will be in Erie to take on the Otters. Sarnia’s next home game is Thursday night when they entertain the Guelph Storm at 7:05 p.m.


- The Greyhounds have now beaten the Sting in back-to-back games after Sarnia won the opening five games. The teams play again on the final night of the season in Sault Ste. Marie.

- Allowing 10 goals was not actually the worst of the year for Sarnia. They gave up 11 in an 11-2 loss to Kitchener at home back in December.

- Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie are now tied for last place in the Western Conference. The 10th place team will pick third in the upcoming OHL Priority Draft while the ninth place team will choose fourth overall.

- Sarnia’s overall record is now 22-32-4-2 while their home record is 15-14-1-2 with two home games left.

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