Sting blown out by 67’s

OHL-lead­ing Ot­tawa scores eight straight to beat Sar­nia 10-2

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Down by four goals to the OHL’s best team, the Sar­nia Sting were chal­lenged by their coaches to fight un­til the end.

They didn’t come close to meet­ing the chal­lenge.

The Sting al­lowed four goals in the third pe­riod while be­ing out­shot 13-2 by the Ot­tawa 67’s in a 10-2 loss be­fore 3,663 fans at Pro­gres­sive Auto Sales Arena.

“I’d like to say, ‘Just put it right be­hind us,’ but I think there’s a lot to learn there,” Sting as­sis­tant coach Brad Staub­itz said. “The mes­sage from the coaches after the game was we chal­lenged our­selves to win the third pe­riod, and that wasn’t the case. I don’t think the work ethic was there.”

The teams were tied 2-2 after one pe­riod, but the 67’s pulled away in the se­cond with four goals.

“You’ve got to push your­self to con­tinue to fight to the end,” Staub­itz said. “It’s a 60-minute game and we came out flat in the third. We had two shots. That wasn’t good enough.”

Tye Fel­haber scored the win­ner 38 sec­onds into the se­cond pe­riod, but the Sting re­sponded well. They forechecked hard and kept the puck in the 67’s end for a few min­utes early in the frame.

Things be­gan fall­ing apart when the 67’s scored twice in a 12-se­cond span mid­way through the pe­riod for a 5-2 lead.

“We started off the game pretty good (in) the first pe­riod, pe­ri­o­dand-a-half,” Sting de­fence­man Kel­ton Hatcher said. “But we just need to put more ef­fort into the D zone.

“We all want to score goals, and it all starts in the D zone. We all need to bear down, de­fence­men in­cluded, of­fence­men, ev­ery­body.”

Jamieson Rees and Hugo Leufve­nius scored power-play goals in the first pe­riod for the Sting (1818-5-2), who have lost six in a row.

Sting goalie Cameron Lamour was pulled after al­low­ing five goals on 10 shots. He was re­placed after mis­play­ing the puck on a dump in and leav­ing Graeme Clarke an open net for the 67’s fifth goal.

“There’s some bad goals, things like that, but that’s hockey,” Staub­itz said. “You see that hap­pen at all lev­els. But the com­pete and (in­abil­ity) to fin­ish out the game was where we lost it.”

Lamour is 0-4-1-0 since be­ing ac­quired from the Sag­i­naw Spirit, but he played well in Wed­nes­day’s loss in Sault Ste. Marie.

“He hasn’t got a win with us yet, but he’s com­peted in ev­ery game,” Staub­itz said. “We thought his last game was his strong­est and he de­served the start.”

Ethan Langevin al­lowed five more goals on 16 shots.

The Sting had only 17 shots on 67’s backup net­min­der Cedrick An­dree.

The OHL-lead­ing 67’s (30-7-31) beat the Sting 8-4 in their first meet­ing Nov. 24 in Ot­tawa. That was the most goals al­lowed by the Sting un­til Fri­day.

“We want to re­mem­ber the good things we did and learn from the bad things,” Hatcher said. “Just for­get about the score and come in to­mor­row and hope to be bet­ter.”

The Sting will visit the Flint Fire birds on Saturday. The Fire birds (7-33-0-3) have the league’s worst record.

“They’ve been play­ing hard lately,” Staub­itz said. “They beat the Soo last week. It’s not go­ing to be an easy game and that’s al­ready been talked about.”

Two play­ers made their Sting de­buts in Fri­day’s loss. Six-foot­five for­ward An­thony Tabak, 17, was ac­quired Thurs­day from the Sud­bury Wolves at the trade dead­line and de­fence­man Nolan Dilling­ham, 16, was called up from the ju­nior A Ge­orge­town Raiders for his first OHL game.

“An­thony’s a big body, he moves well,” Staub­itz said. “He looks like a smart player, so we were im­pressed with him on that end.

“On the back end, Dilling ham Mo rel li, I though the stepped right in and played a con­fi­dent game. He made some nice plays. It’s a tough one to come into, but he fit right into the mould.

“I like his style of play. You saw him get some hits in the game. He plays phys­i­cal, but he also made a few nice first passes to break us out.”

Fel­haber fin­ished with two goals for the 67’s. He has a league-lead­ing 46.

Sam Bit­ten, Marco Rossi, Lu­cas Chiodo, Noel Hoe­fen­mayer, Austen Keat­ing, Quinn Yule and Mitchell Hoelscher also scored.

MARK MALONE/POST­MEDIA

Sar­nia Sting’s Justin McCombs (72) battles Lu­cas Chiodo (20) of the Ot­tawa 67’s in the se­cond pe­riod Fri­day at Pro­gres­sive Auto Sales Arena.

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