By Carl Chimenti
Angus MacDonell capped the game of his life scoring in over-time as the Sarnia Sting (11-6-3-1) beat the Oshawa Generals (5-11-1-2) 6-5, at the Tribute Communities Centre, Sunday afternoon.
The goal was his fourth of the game and his second hat-trick of the season and sparked a furious Sting comeback that saw Zach Filak tie the game with less than two minutes to play in regulation prior to MacDonell’s winner just 52 seconds into overtime.
The win but a bow on a mini two game road trip that saw Sarnia take three of a possible four points to extend their unbeaten streak to six games.
SWARM WARNING: It was the fourth time this season that the Sting scored six goals in a game.
The third period featured four goals, three from Oshawa as they turned a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead with less than nine minutes to play before Filak, MacDonell and the rest of the Sarnia team said enough is enough.
Filak’s tying goal was his third of the season and part of a two-point game. Ty Voit (Toronto Maple Leafs) had four assists to extend his point totals to a league leading 36 points. He had one helper on the power-play and now leads the OHL with 30 assists on the man-advantage.
Newly acquired Sasha Pastujov added three assists and Ethan Ritchie contributed two assists to match his brother Calum Ritchie, who had two as well.
Porter Martone and Ryan Mast (Boston Bruins) had one assist each.
Sting goaltender Nicholas Surzycia was busy with 23 saves. Sarnia out-shot Oshawa 37-28. Patrick Leaver turned aside 31 shots for the Generals.
Oshawa tallied two goals in the first seven minutes to open up a quick 2-0 lead before Sarnia roared back with two of their own to send the team’s tied after one period of play.
Lleyton Moore opened the scoring early at the 2:50 mark, on the power-play and rookie Beckett Sennecke made it 2-0 on an end-to-end rush at 6:13. The Sting sliced the lead in half as Limpar-Lantz took a feed from Voit and he scored his sixth goal of the season from the side of the net at 12:52. Pastujov also contributed with an assist.
Sarnia received a five-minute power-play on a check from behind on Carson Campbell who left the game, but returned later to finish the game. That translated into a four on four for the first two minutes, followed by a three-minute man-advantage which produced the tying goal from MacDonell his eighth at 17:28. Martone and Ritchie assisted on the goal.
The first period featured a fight between Cooper Way and former Sarnia Sting Ryder McIntyre, who were traded for each other earlier this season.
MacDonell scored the only two goals of the second period to open up a 4-2 Sarnia lead after 40 minutes. The first of those two goals came at 1:07 from Filak and Ritchie giving the Sting their first lead of the
game. The second came on the power-play as MacDonell was set up on a perfect pass from the end boards by Voit, for his hat-trick and tenth goal of the year. Mast also assisted with a helper.
Lleyton Moore had a goal and two assists for the Generals and was named third star. Teammate Brett Harrison had two goals and an assist, was the second star and MacDonell, the first star.