Sting suffer shootout loss
Rangers come back from three deficits for 6-5 home win
The Sarnia Sting worked overtime Friday, but the extra effort wasn’t enough to end their losing streak.
Their skid hit four games with a 6-5 shootout loss to the Kitchener Rangers in front of 6,666 fans at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
The teams combined for 10 goals in the first two periods before going scoreless in the third.
The Sting held three leads, but they couldn’t hold off the team that knocked them out of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs last season.
The Rangers won the shootout 3-2.
Ryan McGregor, Justin McCombs, Curtis Egert, Calvin Martin and Franco Sproviero scored for the Sting.
Sting goalie Aidan Hughes made 33 saves. Lucas Pfeil made 30 for the Rangers.
The Sting will be back on the ice Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff against the Sudbury Wolves at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
Arber Xhekaj and McGregor traded goals 26 seconds apart early in the first period.
McCombs gave the Sting their first lead at 5:28, but Riley Damiani replied for the Rangers less than two minutes later.
Egert potted his first goal of the season at 10:10 for a 3-2 lead at the intermission.
Martin scored in the second for a 4-2 advantage.
Jonathan Yantsis and Damiani answered for a 4-4 tie.
Sproviero, back in the lineup after missing one game, restored the Sting’s lead at 16:05.
Rickard Hugg scored for the Rangers with nine seconds left in the period.
The Sting were missing centre Adam Ruzicka, who’s tied for second in team scoring with 17 points.
Hugo Leufvenius and Sproviero scored for the Sting in the shootout.
Perreault in bronze game
Sting rookie forward Jacob Perreault will play in the bronzemedal Saturday with Canada Red at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John.
Canada Red lost to Finland 5-2 in a semifinal Friday.
Canada Red will play Sweden for bronze. Finland and Russia face off for gold.
On Thursday, Canada Red beat the United States 2-1 in a quarter-final in Quispamsis, N.B.
Elliot Desnoyers of the Moncton Wildcats scored 4:34 into sudden-death for Canada Red’s third consecutive overtime win.