PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Sarnia Sting avenged its 3-2 loss at home Friday night to the Whalers by returning the favour with a 7-5 win in Plymouth Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action.
Both teams now have a share of first place in the OHL’s West Division.
Captain Alex Galchenyuk led Sarnia (9-7-1) with two goals and two assists.
Galchenyuk opened the scoring 4:54 into the game, and Ryan Hartman tied it for the Whalers at the 9:59 mark. Charles Sarault gave Sarnia the lead for good at 19:12 of the first period.
The Sting broke the game open with goals from Nikolay Goldobin, Nick Latta and Galchenyuk in a 6:56 span of the second period.
Plymouth's Stefan Noesen cut the deficit to 5-2 at 16:05 of the second period.
Brett Hargrave made it 6-2 Sarnia in the third.
Alex Aleardi gave the Whalers hope with two quick goals at 14:13 and 15:10 of the period to cut the deficit to 6-4, but Reid Boucher scored the back-breaker on a Sarnia power play at 17:59.
Whalers’ 2012 first-round pick Zach Bratina added his first OHL goal for Plymouth (8-5-3) when he closed the scoring at 19:08.
JP Anderson made 33 saves for Sarnia.
Matt Mahalak and Riley Corbin combined to stop 23 shots for the Whalers.