Short-handed Sting Come Up Short In London

Jakob Chychrun (OHL Photo)

It was a better effort but the result was the same.

The undermanned Sarnia Sting dropped another high scoring game against the Knights, coming up just short 8-6 at Budweiser Gardens Friday night.

It was the back half of the traditional New Year’s home and home series. London scored six first period goals in an 11-4 rout of the Sting at the RBC Centre Wednesday afternoon.

Sarnia again bolstered its ranks with junior B call-ups to patch together a lineup missing eight regulars due to injury and World Junior Hockey commitments.

In sharp contrast to the New Year’s Eve opener, the Sting had a strong first period, outshooting the Knights 20-7 and scoring twice for a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Sarnia head coach Trevor Letowski.

London scored three unanswered in the second period and each team scored four times in a wild third.

Davis Brown had a goal and two assists while overage forward Stephen Pierog and defenseman Jakob Chychrun both had a goal and an assist.

Also scoring for Sarnia were Hayden Hodgson, Alex Renaud and Daniel Nikandrov.

Chychrun has six points including three goals in four games since his return from injury.

Mitchell Marner had two goals, including an empty netter, and four assists to lead the Knights. He leads the OHL in scoring with 77 points in 37 games, seven better than Erie’s Dylan Strome.

Christian Dvorak, third in league scoring, had a goal and five assists and Matt Rupert had a five point night including three goals.

Sarnia outshot London 48-33 with Taylor Dupuis taking the loss.

The Sting (18-15-1-2) remains in second place in the West Division, just three points up on Saginaw now and meets the Spirit at the Dow Event Centre Saturday night.

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Both Anthony DeAngelo (USA) and Pavel Zacha (Czech Republic) saw their national teams eliminated in quarterfinal action at the World Junior Hockey Championship Friday and will be returning to the Sting.