Sting lose another close one to the Wolves

Sting vs Wolves Jan. 18 / 20.Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography.

It was another one-goal loss for Sarnia as the Sudbury Wolves edged the Sting 5-4 in front of 2,823 fans at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.

Head coach Derian Hatcher is frustrated with the team’s effort.

“In the last month we’ve probably lost four to six leads. I think we’ve been winning in the third period in quite a few games here and we can’t close.”

The Wolves led 2-0 after the first period when David Levin scored with 32 seconds left in the period followed by Matej Pekar’s goal 22 seconds later.

Sarnia’s Jacob Perreault scored two goals 30 seconds apart in the second period with assists from Ryan McGregor on both goals.

For Captain McGregor it was his 268th career game in a Sting uniform, the most in franchise history.

Theo Hill would give the Sting the lead four minutes into the final frame assisted by Brayden Guy.

The Wolves stormed back with three straight goals from Emmett Serensits, Blake Murray and Canadian Junior gold-medalist Quinton Byfield.

Brayden Guy scored the final goal for Sarnia from Peter Stratis with the goalie pulled at the 17:23 mark.

Coach Hatcher said all aspects of the team are misfiring, and a blunt message was delivered to the players.

“The D-men take unnecessary risks, our forwards don’t come back and our goalies don’t make the saves when we need it. It’s just a whole combination of things right now,” said Hatcher. “The message is we’re going to dig in, and if you don’t want to dig in, let us know and you won’t play. They’ll have the day off tomorrow but you have 24 hours to think about if you want to be part of it or not.”

The Sting have one win in their last ten games and are last in the OHL Western Conference, ten points out of a playoff spot.

Sarnia’s Ethan Langevin stopped 24 of 29 shots Saturday. Mitchell Weeks made 29 saves for Sudbury.

The Sting are idle until Wednesday when they visit the Owen Sound Attack.

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