The Sarnia Sting did not start 2018 off the way they had hoped. Coming off a 4-2 New Year’s Eve loss to the London Knights the Sting travelled up the 402 on New Year’s Day for the second half of their home at home series and did not get to ring in the New Year the way they would have liked.
Once again the Sting came out strong with a goal by Drake Rymsha, his 18th on the season, but that would be the only marker that Sarnia would up on the board as the Knights went into full battle mode from there. A goal in the second and two more in the third and the London Knights pick up a 4-1 win to sweep the traditional New Year’s series.
Sarnia did have their chances as a Jordan Ernst goal was waved off after a six-minute video review, concluding that it went off a high stick. Knights net-minder Jordan Kooy turned away 31 shots while Justin Fazio of the Sting stopped 28 shots, both goalies turning in stellar performances. Sarnia would only score on one of six powerplay opportunities.
Head Coach Derian Hatcher said earlier that the team is playing well but need to put more pucks into the net. The teams were dead even in shots on goal, so Hatcher’s words ring true. Hatcher also mentioned that confidence is a big thing, the team needs that back. Hopefully, they can do that when they again face the Saginaw Spirit on Wednesday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. It was Saginaw’s come from behind victory that started the Sting slump.