Curtis Egert of the Sarnia Sting scores on Oshawa goalie Mario Peccia at Progressive Auto Sales Arena on December 3, 2017. Photo by Metcalfe Photography/Sarnia Sting Twitter page.

Sting Beats Oshawa 4-1 on Teddy Bear Toss Day

Jordan Ernst scored twice and the teddy bears flew at Progressive Auto Sales Arena Sunday.

The Sarnia Sting overcame an embarrassing collapse the day before to beat the Oshawa Generals 4-1 as part of the 20th annual Lambton Ford Teddy Bear Toss to benefit the Sarnia-Lambton Salvation Army.

The Sting keep pace with the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds in the OHL West Division standings, remaining in second place behind them with 46 points.

The first goal came late in the first period when Curtis Egert put the Sting on the board first. This sent the shower of over 4,000 stuffed animals to the ice, followed by a short delay while arena staff and players helped clear the animals away.

Sarnia scored three unanswered goals in the second period, the first two coming from Ernst’s stick and extending the Sting lead to 3-0. Anthony Salinitri added a power play score for good measure before the second intermission.

Riley Stillman broke the shutout effort and gave the Generals their only goal in the third period, his first of the season.

Justin Fazio stopped all but one of Oshawa’s 43 shots in goal for the Sting. Mario Peccia started in goal for the Generals but was pulled in the second period for Cole Ceci. Together they had 30 saves.

The Sting head to Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday night for a key division matchup against the Hounds.