Sting suf­fer shootout loss

Rangers come back from three deficits for 6-5 home win

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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