The Sarnia Sting taking on the Flint Firebirds. 20 February 2023. (Metcalfe Photography)The Sarnia Sting taking on the Flint Firebirds. 20 February 2023. (Metcalfe Photography)

Sting blow out Battalion with five power play goals

The Sarnia Sting have recorded at least a point in seven straight games following an 8-2 win over the visiting North Bay Battalion.

Sasha Pastujov led the way with two goals and two assists, five other Sarnia skaters had a multi-point game, and the Sting handed the Battalion their worst loss of the season Sunday afternoon.

After a quiet start, Sarnia's Luca Del Bel Belluz opened the scoring at 17:10 of the first period to give the home-side a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Woodbridge native has 25 points in 21 games since joining the Sting in early January.

At 6:45 of the second period, Nolan Burke scored his first of two power play goals on the day -- he leads the Sting with 40 goals this season. North Bay's Kyle Jackson got his team back in it with a power play goal at 11:54. Del Bel Belluz restored Sarnia's two-goal lead at 18:53, another power play marker, and the Sting led 3-1 after two periods.

Just over a minute into the third period, Sarnia's lethal power play struck again when Pastujov put home his 32nd goal of the year. Burke added his second power play goal at 4:32 and Pastujov did the same, at 8:23, to give the Sting 6-1 lead over the Battalion.

North Bay made it 6-2 at 12:05 -- their second goal with the man advantage. The Sting closed out the game with goals from Easton Wainwright and Cooper Way at 18:28 and 18:47 to secure the two points.

Sarnia's power play was 5 for 11 in the game, and Sting goaltender Ben Gaudreau turned away 33 shots for his 20th win of the season.

Sarnia will look to keep on rolling Wednesday night in Sault Ste. Marie -- coverage on CHOK (103.9 FM/1070 AM) gets going at 6:30 p.m.

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