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Sting lose fourth shootout of the season
andrew brethauer November 24th, 2011

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Sting didn't have their usual high step in their Thursday match up with the Barrie Colts, as despite a third period comeback, Sarnia would lose their fourth shootout of the season 4-3.

"We came out sluggish," said Sting assistant coach Trevor Letowski. "That team [Barrie] was ready to play and they have a lot of skill. They kind of skated around us for a good chunk of that game. I think we were pretty fortunate to steal a point out of that."

Sarnia led after the first period as Nail Yakupov picked up his 17th of the season on the powerplay for the Sarnia 1-0 lead.

But from then it was all Barrie on the score sheet, as Ivan Telegin would score on the powerplay in the second period, and Mark Scheifele would pick up a shorthanded goal to take the lead for the Colts after two periods.

In the third, Telegin would pick up his second of the game early in the period as the Colts took a 3-1 lead.

Sarnia would get their legs in the second half of the third led by Yakupov, who picked up his 18th goal of the season on the powerplay to bring the Sting to within one. And just under two minutes later, Alex Basso would let a shot go from the point that would beat a screened goalie, and tie it for the Sting, sending it to overtime.

With the extra five minutes solving nothing, shootouts were needed. Scheifele would score glove side on Brandon Maxwell to start the shootout, but Yakupov would answer right back. Colin Behenna would score on his shot, putting the pressure on Sarnia's Craig Hottot to score, but his backhand would be stopped. Telegin would not end it, but Brett Thompson would not be able to beat Mathias Niederberger, and Barrie would take it 4-3.

"Basically Yakupov has a night and gives us a point," said Letowski. "We just didn't have enough guys going and there isn't really any excuse for it."

The Sting have been a third period team in the past this season and it has resulted in victories. But as Brandon Maxwell says, they can't rely on that all season, and they have to get better throughout the entire game.

"We have to stop doing that. We have to play good for forty minutes before we get to the third," said Maxwell. "We got to bring it every night. We got to stop being a third period team. We need to start going into the third with the lead."

Sarnia's week continues as they are home on Saturday against Niagara, and will travel to Kitchener on Sunday to round out their November schedule.


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