Sting shutout by conference-leading Rangers

Sean Josling takes a shot against Kitchener - Feb 9/20 (Photo by Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting (17-29-5-1) were shutout 7-0 by the visiting Kitchener Rangers (32-12-5-2) in OHL hockey action on Sunday afternoon.

The Sting have now lost 19 of their past 21 games.

Greg Miereles led the way for Kitchener with two goals and an assist. Declan McDonnell also scored twice while Axel Bergkvist, Liam Hawel, and Jonathan Yantsis added singles.

The Sting were outshot 48-28, and were held scoreless on six powerplay chances including a four minute opportunity.

Rangers goalie Lucas Pfeil turned aside all 28 shots faced for the shutout. Ethan Langevin made 32 saves on 38 shots, Ben Gaudreau made nine saves on 10 shots in relief.

Sting Head Coach Derian Hatcher said they need to start playing as a team.

“We’re starting to play a little bit of selfish hockey right now, and I think it’s showing,” said Hatcher. “We’re not sticking together as a team right now, we’re pointing fingers. That’s what I’m the most disappointed in.”

Sarnia is last place in the Western Conference with 40 points, 12 behind Erie for the 8th and final playoff spot.

Kitchener leads the conference with 71 points, one ahead of London and three up on Saginaw.

The Sting’s next game is Thursday in North Bay before heading to Sudbury on Friday.

You can hear all of the action live on CHOK.