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Sting earns single point in shootout loss to Brampton
Andrew Brethauer September 30th, 2011

Sarnia, ON Sam Carrick scored twice for the Brampton Battalion, and also added the shootout winner, as Brampton hands the Sarnia Sting a 4-3 shootout loss in Brampton's only visit to Sarnia this season.

Carrick's shootout winner came after both Craig Hottot and Charlie Sarault failed to beat Keegan Wilson, leaving Nail Yakupov as the last Sting shooter to try and tie it up, but as he skated in a goal and went for the shot, the puck came off his stick. Carrick scored after coming in wide and moving across on his forehand, waiting out Brandon Hope and putting it in the top of the night.

After no scoring in the first period, the Sting would open the scoring in the early second, as Reid Boucher got his first OHL goal, putting a shot on net that got through Wilson's five hole to make it a 1-0 Sting lead.

But that lead would last only nine seconds, as Carrick score his first of the game after receiving a pass from Mitchell Porowski who won a battle along the boards. Carrick redirected the centering pass to make it a 1-1 game.

Carrick would add his second of the period in the later half of the second, as he came in on a breakaway and put it top corner on Hope to give Brampton the 2-1 lead after the second period.

Sarnia, who scored three goals in their home opener against Erie, came out in the third looking to find the same energy. Craig Hottot would tie the game up on the powerplay as the Sting moved the puck around the zone, finally coming to Hottot in the slot for the wrist shot goal, making it 2-2.

Four minutes later, Ludvig Rensfeldt would get his first of the season, sneaking a shot top corner on Wilson after receiving a pass from Yakupov, who had two assists on the night.

But Sarnia wasn't able to hold onto the lead or add any goals. Brampton would find the equalizer in the middle of the third, as Dylan Blujus would put a slap shot into the top of the net passed a screened Hope to tie it at 3-3, resulting in the shootout final.

Wilson stopped 25 shots in the win for Brampton, while Hope, who was making his first start of the season, made 32 saves in the loss.

Sarnia had two chances with 5 on 3 powerplays and were not able to get pucks to the net, as Brampton played a perfect road game, and played defensively, cutting off the passing lanes, and getting in front of shots. Sarnia was 1 for 9 on the powerplay, while Brampton was 0 for 5.

Sarnia's goal in the second was their first goal since last Friday against Erie, as the Sting were shutout in Windsor over the weekend.

Alex Galchenyuk was not dressed for the Sting again, and has missed all three Sarnia games this season after a knee injury in the second last game of the preseason forced him out. His line mate, Nail Yakupov has 1 goal and 4 assists in those three games without Galchenyuk. Charlie Sarault also added two assists on the night as well.

Brampton outshot Sarnia 36-28, marking the first time Sarnia has been outshot this season.

Attendance for Friday's game was 3403.

Sarnia is now 1-1-0-1 to start the season, and will pick right back up tomorrow night with another home game, as the Sting take on the Sudbury Wolves.



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