Gaudreau shuts down Spirit to end Sting’s losing streak


Ben Gaudreau and the Sarnia Sting rebounded strongly on Saturday.

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Ben Gaudreau and the Sarnia Sting rebounded strongly on Saturday.

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One night after tying his career high with six goals allowed in a loss to Spirit, the Sting goaltender made 36 saves for a 3-2 victory at Saginaw.

He helped the Stings end their seven-game losing streak on a night where they were outscored 38-14.

Max Nametnikov’s first career goal in the Ontario Hockey League turned out to be the winner. The 2020 first-round draft pick from Wolverine Lake, Mich., Was playing an OHL game for the first time in his home state.

Nolan Dann and Nolan Burke also scored for the Sting (2-5-2-0) in front of 3,552 fans at the Dow Event Center.

Dann opened the scoring at 7:50 of the first period with the Sting’s first power play goal of the season. They had been 0-for-25 with a male advantage.

Josh Bloom of the Spirit replied on a power play in the 11th minute.

The stalemate did not last long. Burke scored his eighth goal for the team in a breakaway at 12:06.

Namestnikov’s scoring goal gave the Stings a 3-1 lead in the second period at 8:57. He beat goaltender Tristan Lennox after making a move that left his defender slumped face down on the ice.

Calem Mangone halved the Stings’ lead at 12:19 of the third period.

The Spirit took the first 10 shots of the period and finished with a 13-2 lead, but Gaudreau pushed them back after Mangone’s goal for his second victory.

Sting defenseman Ryan Mast collected two assists. Dann and Burke also scored two points each.

The Sting went 1-for-2 on the power play. Their penalty killers limited the Spirit to one goal in six power plays.

The Sting will end its three of three weekend on Sunday when the Erie Otters visit Progressive Auto Sales Arena at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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