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Jan 6, 2007, 11:04 PM EST

ERIE, Pa. (CP) - Vince Scott scored two goals against his former team, including the winning goal with 3:49 left in the game, as the Sarnia Sting defeated the Erie Otters 7-5 in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night.

Scott's second goal put Sarnia in the lead only 39 seconds after Otters rookie Kelly Geoffrey tied the score at five.

The Otters (9-29-0-2) squandered a 3-1 second-period lead their third straight loss and sixth in the seven games. They have allowed 28 goals during the three-game skid and 220 goals overall.

The Otters' offence set the brisk scoring pace early, producing three of the four first-period goals.

Left wing Jordan Skellett, acquired from Mississauga Tuesday, scored his first goal as an Otter s 7:14 into the game.

Josh Vatri recorded the first of his two goals at the 11:22 mark for a 2-0 lead.

Scott scored the Sting's first goal 1:09 later. But Vatri scored again 20 seconds later to regain the Otters' two-goal lead.

However, the Otters' defence could not hold off the league's sixth-best offence, led by high-scoring rookie Steven Stamkos, much longer.

Stamkos, the top pick in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, began a three-point outburst in the second period with a power-play goal, his 28th goal of the season.

He also assisted on a pair of tying goals later in the period. His cross-ice pass to Harrison Reed led to a power-play marker with 53 seconds left in the second, which sent the teams into the third tied at four.

Reed then scored the go-ahead goal, his 18th of the season, in a four-on-four situation early in the third.

Stamkos led the Sting (23-11-2-3) with a goal and four assists. Reed and Justin DiBenedetto had three points, while Steve Ferry had two points.

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