Sting falls to Firebirds in overtime

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The Sarnia Stings are feeling the heat after the Flint Firebirds won 4-3 in overtime on Friday night at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.

The Sting didn’t go without work as he tried to avenge Wednesday’s loss to Flint.

“I think we are moving in the right direction,” said Ty Voit. “I also think we struggle to come to every shift and bring the same energy. When we can show that we are going, we can dominate the teams but I think that we release the pedal a little too much sometimes and that opens doors for the other teams which arrive.

The Sting scored early and late in the first period for a 2-1 lead at intermission. Nolan Burke scored 19 seconds into the game and Voit scored with 54 seconds left.

Ty Voit had a goal and two assists, Nolan Burke ran his five-game scoring streak and Golie Ben Gaudreau made 28 saves.

“We’re not big fans of them (Flint) and I’m sure they’re not big fans of us,” Voit said. “We’ve had a few more cracks this year and I think it’s going to be a close battle every time like this (Friday).”

The Firebirds took their first power-play lead with 3:47 into the third period. Tyler Deline’s shot from the left point was deflected by Braeden Kressler.

Simon Slavicek also scored for the Firebirds and Will Cranley made 33 saves.

The Sting will try to end their losing streak again when the Niagara Ice Dogs visit Sarnia on Saturday night. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena, on CHOK (103.9FM/1070AM).

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