Zachary Senyshyn led the way for the Greyhounds Thursday night as they topped the Sting by a score of 5-2 at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.
Justin Fazio started the game in goal for the Sting, allowing 4 goals on 30 shots before being relieved in the third period following a collision in the crease.
Pavel Zacha netted 2 goals in his return to the lineup after missing four games with an upper body injury. Zacha now has 25 goals on the year.
Blake Speers opened the scoring on the powerplay with 5:47 remaining in the first period. Zachary Senyshyn and Gabe Guertler drew the assists and the Hounds took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Greyhounds scored twice in the middle frame – first a powerplay goal by Zachary Senyshyn, followed by Mac Hollowell’s first of the season. Sault Ste. Marie held a 3-0 advantage after 40 minutes.
Zacha got the Sting on the board just 3:13 into the second period, giving the Sting a much needed spark. Troy Lajeunesse and Jakob Chychrun drew the assists.
That spark fizzled as Gabe Guertler restored the 3-goal lead with his 24th of the campaign just 3 minutes later.
Zacha netted his second of the night on a short-handed breakaway before Senyshyn added an insurance marker for the Greyhound late in the period.
The Sting are back in action Friday night when they play host to the Windsor Spitfires at the SSEC. Friday’s game could be stamped as the most important game of the season for Sarnia as they remain 1 point ahead of the Spitfires for first in the OHL’s West Division. Puck drop for Friday’s game is set for 7:05.