Sting win back-to-back vs Knights

The Sarnia Sting taking on the London Knights. October 16, 2021. (Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting took both games of a home-and-home against the London Knights this week following a 4-2 road-win Friday night.

Sting forward Nolan Dann opened the scoring midway through the first, his eighth of the season.  Sarnia went into the first intermission up 1-0 after outshooting London 13-5.

Ty Voit scored a powerplay goal 10:28 into the second period to make it 2-0 Sarnia.  It was Voit’s his fifth goal of season and team-leading 17th point.

Defenceman Ryan Mast scored Sarnia’s third goal with under three minutes to play in the middle frame, just seconds after a Sting powerplay came to an end.

After the game, Sting Associate Coach Brad Staubitz joked about how the club’s powerplay, currently 19th in the OHL, isn’t getting any breaks.

“I actually looked down the bench and had a little laugh with Tanger (Head Coach Alan Letang) because it’s not helping the percentage, but internally as a team we know that it stems off of really good opportunities off the powerplay.”

The Knights responded early in the third period, scoring two goals less than a minute apart to make it 3-2 with 15:02 on the clock.

However, after the early onslaught, the Sting’s defence locked things down, surrendering just three shots on goal the rest of the way.  Sting captain Brayden Guy scored an insurance marker, his fourth of the season, with under four minutes to play to make it 4-2.

The win is Sarnia’s third straight and fifth in their last six games.  The team is 6-6-2 in the early going.

“I think we’re excited about it as a team because we’ve seen some growth,” said Staubitz.  “We see the guys starting to play that style, get that identity, and contributions from all, from the forwards to the D, and really good job by Anson [Thornton] in net.”

Thornton made 12 saves in the win to improve to 2-4-0 on the season.  The Oshawa native is sporting a goals against average of 3.52 and a save percentage of .892.

The Sting are in Guelph Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. start, before returning home to host Owen Sound at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“We get on this high, we got to settle it back down, back to that even keel and go right back to work,” said Staubitz.   “Which I think we just keep rolling it over, which is nice about playing a lot of games in a weekend.”