PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Steve Stamkos' power play goal with 29.2 seconds remaining in the second period proved the winner as the visiting Sarnia Sting edged the Plymouth Whalers 3-2 in Wednesday night Ontario Hockey League action at the Compuware Arena.
Stamkos, one of the top prospects for June's NHL Draft, found a loose puck in the right wing circle before firing a wrist shot past Whalers goaltender Jeremy Smith, snapping a tie in the see-saw affair that saw the Sting grab one goal leads twice, only to see Plymouth answer with equalizers.
Justin DiBenedetto and Devin DiDiomete joined Stamkos with a goal and an assist for Sarnia (7-7-0-0), who ended a five-game road losing streak. Finnish import goalie Tomi Karhunen stopped 41 shots, including four in a last-minute flurry when the Whalers had an extra attacker on the ice, earning the win.
Plymouth (6-5-1-0) got a goal and an assist from overage defenceman Wes Cunningham, while Chris Terry added the other goal.
Smith finished with 44 saves in the loss.