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Sting earn single point in shootout loss
andrew brethauer October 22nd, 2011

Sarnia, ON With two goals from Reid Boucher in the third period, the Sarnia Sting erased a 3-1 deficit against the Belleville Bulls, but ended up falling in a shootout to only get the single point.

It would be the second loss of the weekend for the Sting, who lost Thursday night to Sault St. Marie and won Friday night in Kitchener, giving them a 1-1-1 record over the weekend.

Adam Payerl started the scoring for the Bulls with his third of the season, scoring the only goal of the period as the Sting were outshot 12-5.

In the second, Nail Yakupov would pick up his ninth of the year tying the game 1-1 midway through the second.

In the third, Belleville would jump out to a 3-1 lead within the first three minutes. Jordan Subban would score on the powerplay 1:13 into the period, followed by Payerl with his second of the game two minutes later to give the Bulls the lead.

But Boucher, the Sting's leading goal scorer would knot the game at 3-3, after scoring a mid period powerplay goal, and tying it with 1:28 left to play, sending the game into overtime.

The game would need  shootout where Yakupov would score on his first shot, but Boucher and Craig Hottot would both be stopped, leaving it open for Brendan Gaunce to keep the shootout alive, which he did with his goal. Subban would end it, as neither Brett Ritchie or Charles Sarault could score to keep the shootout going.

Brandon Hope had the start for Sarnia, stopping 30 saves in the loss. It is the second time in two tries this season the Sting have lost in a shootout, both of which happened on home hice.

Yakupov ended the night with a goal and two assists, while Alex Basso added two helpers as well.

Sarnia will be on the road next week, traveling to Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, Saginaw on Saturday and on London on Sunday.


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