By DAVE BORODY
PLYMOUTH, Michigan – It’s now official. The Sarnia Sting are the new “Road Warriors” of the Ontario Hockey League.
The Sting improved their road record to 6-1-0-0, best in the 20-team league after a 7-5 victory over the Plymouth Whalers, Saturday night in front of 2,546 fans at the Compuware Sports Arena.
The win improved their overall record to 9-7-0-1 while they avenged a 3-2 home-ice loss to the Whalers 24 hours earlier at the RBC Centre.
The seven goals scored by the Sting was the most in one game so far this season.
Sarnia jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first period and extended the lead to 5-2 after 40 minutes, thanks to three goals in a span of just under seven minutes midway through the second frame. Plymouth got no closer than two goals in the third period. At one point Sarnia led 6-2 in the third period.
Captain Alex Galchenyuk lead the Sting offence with two goals and two assists. He now has 10 goals and 25 points on the season. Overager Charlie Sarault also had an impressive game with a goal and three assists. He now has seven goals and 19 points.
Galchenyuk was the game’s first star with Sarault second star and Plymouth’s Alex Aleardi third star.
Reid Boucher, Nikolay Goldobin, Nick Latta and Brett Hargrave chipped in with singles. Hargrave’s goal, his second of the season at 8:14 of the third period proved to be the game-winner.
Bryan Moore added a pair of assists.
Aleardi was tops for Plymouth with two goals while Ryan Hartman, Stefan Noesen and Zach Bratina notched singles.
J.P. Anderson got the win in goal for Sarnia as he faced 38 shots, including 20 in the third period. Matt Mahalak started in goal for Plymouth before being yanked after the fourth Sting goal. Mahalak allowed four goals on just 16 shots. Riley Corbin finished giving up three goals and 14 shots.
Sarnia was one-for-four on the power play while Plymouth was one-for-six. The Whalers only power play goal came with a two-man advantage late in the third period.
The Sting will conclude three games in three days Sunday afternoon when they travel to Saginaw to take on the Spirit. Game time is 4 p.m.
Sarnia has two games next weekend as they play in Guelph Friday while they host the Sudbury Wolves Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre. Children 12 and under will be admitted for only $5. Tickets for the Sudbury game and all home games are on sale daily at the RBC Box Office, by calling 519-541-1717 or going online at Sarniasting.com
Tickets are also on sale for the Subway Super Series Game, Nov. 12th at the RBC Centre between Team OHL and Team Russia. Defenceman Alex Basso will suit up for Team OHL while ex-Sting star Nail Yakupov will play for Team Russia.
Dave Borody is a freelance writer who covers Sting games both home and away and also does features for the Sting Website.