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Alex Galchenyuk's four points lead Sarnia Sting past Plymouth Whalers 7-5

Saturday, 11.03.2012 / 11:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Alex Galchenyuk's four points lead Sarnia Sting past Plymouth Whalers 7-5

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.

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3