The Sarnia Sting opened the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League campaign with a 4-1 win over the London Knights in front of 3,050 fans on Wednesday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
The Sting outshot the Knights 31-24 despite giving up 6 power-play opportunities in the game. Justin Fazio turned aside 23 of 24, skating away with his first win of the season. Tyler Johnson went the distance between the pipes for London.
The two teams exchanged chances in the opening stanza, however they headed to the first intermission deadlocked at 0’s.
Newly acquired forward Jaden Lindo opened the scoring at 1:23 of period two, capitalizing on the Sting powerplay and deflecting the Ruzicka shot home. Kevin Spinozzi was credited with the second assist. Lindo’s marker would be the lone goal of the second period.
Kevin Spinozzi would tally his first of two on the night early into the third period. Jaden Lindo and Adam Ruzicka were awarded the helpers.
Just :22 later, Robert Thomas would respond for the Knights, getting them on the board and within one. Less than a minute later, Ryan McGregor would restore the two goal lead for the home side. Ruzicka was awarded his 3rd assist of the night on McGregor’s first of the campaign.
Kevin Spinozzi would make it 4-1 with less than 8:00 remaining in the game, assisted by Jeff King.
The Sarnia Sting are back in action on Friday night as the Owen Sound Attack come to town for the first time this season. Tickets are available online here, at the Box Office between 9:00-5:00 or by calling (519) 541-1717.
- With 2 goals, 1 assist – Kevin Spinozzi was named the game’s first star
- With 3 assists, Adam Ruzicka was named the game’s second star in his Sting debut
- Overage forward, Jaden Lindo was named first star after registering 1 goal, 1 assist
- The Sting penalty kill was 6/6 (100%)
- The Sting powerplay was 2/5 (40%)