PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - It took a seven-round shootout, but Craig Hottot's goal finally gave the Sarnia Sting a 5-4 win over the Peterborough Petes in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.
Charles Sarault had a pair of goals for the Sting (16-6-5) in regulation, while Brett Thompson and Julian Luciani also scored.
Joey West, Alan Quine, Nick Ritchie and Stephen Nosad scored for the Petes (14-9-4).
Thompson, who opened the scoring just 22 seconds into the game then scored on Sarnia's first attempt in the shootout.
Nick Ritchie, going second for the Petes in the shootout, evaded Brandon Maxwell's diving poke check attempt and slid to his stomach on the ice, but still managed to shove the puck across the goal-line.
Maxwell, who made 48 saves in regulation and overtime, stopped the Petes other six shooters to record the win. Mike Morrison made 24 saves during the game and five in the shootout.
Neither team had won a shootout this season, with the Petes dropping their only previous chance and Sarnia falling four times.
Sarnia's second-ranked penalty kill was perfect on all four Petes power plays, while Peterborough's third-ranked penalty killers shut out the Sting on all three of their advantages.