Sting Season Ends With Loss In Erie

The Sarnia Sting salutes the fans after winning its final home game Mar. 13, 2014 (Photo by Dave Dentinger)

The Sarnia Sting looks ahead now to the OHL Priority Selection April 5.

The 2013-2014 season came to a close in Erie Pennsylvania Saturday night when the Otters secured third place in the Western Conference with an 8-4 win.

After being thumped in Guelph 13-1 the night before, the Sting played the powerful Otters to a 4-4 tie through two periods.

Head coach Trevor Letowski.

Erie took over in the third however with four unanswered goals.

The Otters outshot the Sting 49-21 with Taylor Dupuis making 41 saves.

Captain Nick Latta finished his OHL career with two goals while Nikolay Goldobin had a goal on a penalty shot and two assists. Rookie Nikita Korostelev had a goal and an assist.

Latta joins the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack Monday after a great overage season that saw him score 38 goals and 28 assists for 66 points.

Goldobin completed an impressive sophomore season compiling 94 points including 38 goals in 67 games and was sixth in league scoring.

Korostelev had a stellar rookie season with 38 points including 17 goals in 60 games.

Along with Latta, Saturday’s game was the last in the OHL career of defenceman Jimmy McDowell who played 304 games over five seasons with four teams.

Anthony DeAngelo returned from suspension for the Sting’s final game and had an assist. He finishes the season as the league’s top scorer among defencemen with 71 points including 56 assists in 51 games.

The Sting (17-44-2-5) ends in last place in the OHL and picks first in the upcoming draft. Defenceman Jakob Chychrun of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens is the top rated prospect.

The Sting gave up a league leading 341 goals in 2013-2014.