SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - Justin DiBenedetto had a hand in every goal the Sarnia Sting scored, notching five goals - including the game-winner - and adding two assists as Sarnia crushed the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7-2 in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday night.
DiBenedetto, a sixth-round pick of the New York Islanders in 2008, recorded a natural hat trick in the first 12:24 of the game and didn't stop there. The Etobicoke, Ont., native added an assist and two more goals in the second half of the second period to give the Sting (3-6-0-1) a 6-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
Sarnia outshot the Greyhounds 27-7 through the first two periods. Sault Ste. Marie (5-3-1-0) fired 14 shots in the third, but produced only one goal in the period.
Jamie Arniel and Steve Reece both had a goal and an assist for the Sting. Anthony Peluso and Matthew Lyall found the net for the Greyhounds.
Sarnia netminder Matt Heche made 19 saves, while Sault Ste. Marie's goaltending duty was shared between starter Cody St. Jacques and Bryce O'Hagan.
St. Jacques stopped 21 shots but was yanked in favour of O'Hagan after letting in DiBenedetto's fourth goal. O'Hagan made 10 saves in the final 25:15, allowing two more goals.