Sting vs Bulldogs Jan. 11 / 20. Photo supplied by Patrick DesRochers.

Sting win in Hamilton ending losing streak

The Sarnia Sting’s nine-game losing streak came to end Saturday in Hamilton with a 4-3 shootout win over the Bulldogs.

Hamilton took an early lead when Tag Bertuzzi scored at the two minute mark.

Four minutes later Jacob Perreault scored to tie the game with his 26th goal of the season with an assist from Ty Voit.

Two minutes into the second period the Bulldogs would take the lead again on Gavin White’s first career OHL goal.

Near the midway mark of the period Voit tallied for the Sting assisted by Perreault and Colton Kammerer.

The Sting would take a 3-2 lead into the third following Sam Bitten’s goal with 90 seconds left in the second with an assist from Theo Hill.

Jake Gravelle would tie the game at the 18:07 mark of the final period.

There were no goals in overtime and Perreault scored the only goal in the shootout for the victory.

Bitten said he could feel the team was ready to end their losing streak.

“I thought last night (Friday) was a great game. Our coaching staff was happy with the effort and it was huge that we just carried that over. We did a great job to respond here. It was a real gutsy effort to bang out the two points here.”

The Sting conclude the weekend in Erie Sunday afternoon.

Bitten’s looking forward to the game.

“It’s a huge game. I didn’t get to play Erie when I went, I was down with my little injury there so I’m excited to get it going there. I always love playing Erie in that rink so it should be a lot of fun.”

Sarnia’s Benjamin Gaudreau, celebrating his 17th birthday Saturday, was outstanding in net, stopping 41 of 44 shots. The Sting fired 22 shots at Bulldog’s goalie Zachary Roy.

The pregame show for Sunday’s game in Erie starts at 1:35 p.m. on 103.9 FM – 1070 AM CHOK.