Over 4,000 packed the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Saturday night as the Sarnia Sting faced off against a team they potentially could match up with in the first round of the playoffs, the Guelph Storm. The Sting are coming off another road loss to the Kitchener Rangers and were looking to get another win in order to better position themselves in the playoff brackets.
Coach Derian Hatcher would go to his number one, Justin Fazio, in net and he would turn away 40 of 41 shots in this hard contest. The game would be good tight hockey until halfway through the first period when Hugo Leufvenius would finally get one past Anthony Popovich after several great chances.
This game was a grinders’ game as the Storm would have to wait until there were just over three minutes left in the second period to finally beat Fazio. Nate Schnarr picked up the rebound off of Isaac Ratcliffe’s shot and it would be a tie game at one apiece. Fazio would face 20 shots in the second period alone and that was the only one that beat him.
Adam Ruzicka would give the Sting the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner in the third period. Ruzicka would bide his time and make his move to beat Popovich at 15:28. Storm coach George Burnett would pull Popovich for the extra attacker but the Sting defence would hold their ground and Fazio would fend off the Storm to give the hometown crowd something to cheer about.
The Sting now set up for a Wednesday night meeting with the Kitchener Rangers at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena, the Rangers have had the Sting’s number but that was always on the road so let’s see how they like being in the Hive. With just three games left in the season the Sting are setting up for the playoffs, you can order your playoff tickets from the box office.