(Photo Via: Sarnia Observer/Jack Hanrahan)
SARNIA – The Erie Otters have found themselves on a hot streak that continued on Saturday night into Sarnia when the defeated the 3rd place Sting, 2-1 the final.
The Erie Otters, who are all but eliminated from playoff contention, find themselves on a winning streak towards the end of their season. The Otters picked up their 4th consecutive victory, winning five of their last six games, and getting points in each of their last six games.
Troy Lajeunesse, of Dokis First Nation, Ont., netted his 12th of the season, and 5th as an Erie Otter since being acquired from Sudbury, back in January. Lajeunesse’s first goal in four games put his team ahead just 8:02 into the opening frame.
5:18 later, Brayden Guy, the rookie out of Grand Bend, Ont., scored his 6th of the year for Sarnia, tying the game at 1-1 with less than seven minutes to play in the first period.
The Sting peppered the net early and often, but Anand Oberoi stood tall making 23 saves on 24 shots through 40 minutes. Oberoi, the Kanata, Ont., native would finish the game with 36 saves on 37 Sarnia shots. This was Oberoi’s 8th win of the season, improving his record the 8-8-4 this season. Oberoi and goalie partner Daniel Murphy of Guelph, Ont., have seen more action in the last month and a half after the Otters released Troy Timpano at the overage deadline. Timpano, the Ajax, Ont., native is now with Georgetown of the OJHL.
With just 6:42 remaining in the game, veteran Ivan Lodnia of Novi, Mich., scored his 21st of the season, and gave the Otters a 2-1. Lodnia, ended an 11 game goalless drought, with the last tally coming on January 26th against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Sarnia had two shots in the final 1:34, but were unable to score. The Sting had won three of their last four games coming into their contest with the Otters. They are virtually locked into 3rd place in the OHL Western conference as they trail 1st place Sault Ste. Marie by 14 points, but lead 4th place Owen Sound by 17 points. They can’t finish in 2nd place because the winner of the Midwest division will receive 2nd place in the OHL Western conference, most likely Kitchener who sits at 80 points, six behind Sarnia.
Ethan Langevin, the Brooklin, Ont., played in his first OHL game tonight against the Erie Otters. Langevin has spent most of the season with the Pickering Panthers of the OJHL, playing in 27 games with a 2.53 GAA and a 0.914 SV%. Langevin made 24 saves, on 26 shots directed towards him by the Otters. He received third star for his strong effort in his first career game.
Sarnia will play host to the Flint Firebirds tomorrow, puck drop is at 2:05 from the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
Erie will travel to play Windsor tomorrow, puck drop is at 2:05 from the WFCU Centre.
First Star: #40 Anand Oberoi – 36 saves, 37 shots faced, 1 Win – Erie
Second Star: #91 Troy Lajeunesse – 1 Goal, +2 5 shots on goal, 44% Faceoffs (4/9) – Erie
Third Star: #33 Ethan Langevin – 24 Saves, 26 shots faced, 1 Loss – Sarnia