There is nothing more satisfying than a good win, but to do it against a division rival is sweet, to do it with a shutout, well it just does not get much better than that. Just ask Aidan Hughes. Forty-two shots and 42 saves is how the night went for number 30 in the Sting net.
The Dow Event Center in Saginaw could not believe it. Every time the Spirit got a rush or a setup, it was either broken up or Hughes would stop the shot. The Spirit was broken as they would try everything only to be thwarted by the Sarnia Sting.
The game was just over two minutes old when Sarnia got that all-important first goal, a method that coach Derian Hatcher has been putting into effect. Get the early lead, do not play catch up. Drake Rymsha would get his first of two assists on the night by deflecting a pass from Anthony Salinitri out to the front of the net. Jonathan Ang would put it towards the net and the puck would just trickle over the goal line. Not pretty but it works and the Sting lead 1-0.
The second period would see the second goal and the second assist from Rymsha. Rymsha would pass the puck from the corner across the ice to Mitch Eliot, whom the Sting had recently added to the line-up. Eliot would go top shelf from the faceoff dot and beat Evan Cormier for goal number two in the game and Eliot gets his first OHL goal.
The third period saw Hughes put on a clinic for keeping everything from crossing the goal line. Saginaw decided to pull Cormier for the extra attacker with over three minutes left to play. Sting captain Jordan Kyrou saw his chance and put the puck in the empty net at the 17:05 mark and that snuffed out the spirit of Saginaw. That would be Kyrou’s 30th goal of the season and seal the 3-0 shutout for Hughes and the Sting.
Deservedly so, the number one star of the game was Aidan Hughes stopping 42 pucks. Mitch Eliot was the second star getting his first OHL goal and Drake Rymsha was the third star for his two assists. The Sting now travel to the Soo to play the league-leading Soo Greyhounds on Saturday night before returning to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Monday for an afternoon return match with the Spirit on Family Day.