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Sting win first of home and home between Spirit
andrew brethauer November 18th, 2011

Sarnia, ON - Brett Thompson scored a hat-trick in only his 6th game as a member of the Sarnia Sting as part of a 6-3 victory for the Sting over the Saginaw Spirit Friday night, the first between the teams over the weekend, as action returns back to Saginaw on Saturday for the second game.

Thompson has nine goals on the season, scoring the Sting's second goal of the game for his first of the net, to tie the game at 2-2. Saginaw had the early lead scoring on the powerplay, as Michael Fine scored 4:05 into the first period to make it a 1-0 game.

But the Sting would reply on the powerplay as well, as Nail Yakupov got his 15th of the season. The Spirit would again take the lead in the first with another powerplay goal, as Fine would add his second of the game for the 2-1 Spirit lead after the first period. Thompson's only goal in the second period would square the game at 2-2 on the powerplay heading into the third.

The powerplay goals would continue as Reid Boucher would get his 13th of the season and give the Sting their first lead of the game. Yakupov would follow it up with another powerplay goal, and his 16th, giving Sarnia a 4-2 lead.

After Thompson scored his second goal to make it a three goal lead, Josh Shalla would put it back to a two goal game a minute later. But Thompson would reply again with his third of the night, as the Sting go on to the 6-3 victory.

Six powerplay goals were score in a row, as Sarnia went 4 for 7 on the powerplay, while the Spirit went 2 for 5.

Charles Sarault would lead all Sting players with points, picking up four assists, while Taylor Carnevale would pick up three assists for a multi-point game.

Brandon Maxwell got the start for the Sting, making 19 saves for his12th victory of the season.



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