Tuesday night the Sarnia Sting hit the road for the first of two big road games against conference rivals. The Sting drove into Kitchener to face the Rangers, who are just ahead of Sarnia in the over standings in the West. Kitchener leads the Mid-West division while Sarnia is number two in the West division.
Justin Fazio would be in net for the Sting, while Mario Culina would get the call for the Rangers. The Sting tried to stick to their standard game plan of getting the first goal and staying out in front as Jonathon Ang would pick up the puck in his own end, split the defence then beat Culina on the glove side. But less than a minute later Kole Sherwood would tie things up with a goal for Kitchener and then Sherwood would strike again to give the Rangers the lead. The first period was very busy as Sarnia would go on the powerplay. There was a scramble in front of the Rangers net and Hugo Leufvenius would get a hold of the puck and put it in the Kitchener net to tie the score once again. But ten seconds after the goal by Leufvenius goal, Logan Brown would put the Rangers back in the driver’s seat and end the period with Kitchener having a 3-2 lead.
There was tight hockey throughout the second period but no scoring, but that changed in the third. Kitchener would continue to assert themselves as Rickard Hugg would put one behind Fazio to go up 4-2. Adam Ruzicka would quickly reply getting his 34th goal of the season. Jordan Kyrou and Anthony Salinitri would get the assists and with that assist, Kyrou hit the 100 point mark for the season.
With Sarnia still trailing by one point, Kitchener turned up the heat. Logan Brown would get his second of the game. Coach Derian Hatcher would pull Fazio from the net for the extra attacker but Connor Bunnaman would slip by the defence and find the open net with just seconds left in the game.
The Rangers get a 6-3 win over Sarnia in front of 6,700 fans, but the Sting will have to shake that off, as they now travel north to the Soo to face the Greyhounds on Friday night. After that, the Sting return to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena for a Sunday afternoon game with the Owen Sound Attack.