The Sarnia Sting fell to the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon by a score of 8-4 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. The loss drops the Sting record to 25-22-5-1 on the season. The Sting were outshot 36-24 in the contest.
Justin Fazio turned aside 28 of the 36 shots he faced in the loss, while Luke Opilka stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced in the win.
Filip Helt opened the scoring for the Sting at 9:09 of the first period, finishing off a 2 on 1 play for his third goal of the season. Jordan Kyrou and Jeff King assisted on the play.
Just 15 seconds into the 2nd period, Greg Meireles would even the game up for the Rangers with his 14th goal of the season.
At 7:49 of the 2nd, Filip Helt scored his 2nd goal of the game, capitalizing on a rebound created by Brady Hinz and giving the Sting a 2-1 lead.
The Rangers answered back quickly, however, as Dylan Di Perna scored just 26 seconds later to even the game at 2. Frank Hora gave the Rangers their first lead of the game at the 12:30 mark, scoring his 4th goal of the season. Joseph Garreffa made it 4-2 for the Rangers at 16:04, and Greg Meireles scored his 2nd goal of the game just 27 seconds after to give the Rangers a 5-2.
At 17:11, Sean Josling potted his 9th goal of the season to cut the Rangers lead down to 5-3. Franco Sproviero was credited with the lone assist on the goal.
With 43 seconds remaining in the 2nd, Joseph Garreffa scored his 2nd goal of the game on the power-play to give the Rangers a 3 goal lead back.
At the 2:13 mark in the 3rd period, Connor Bunnaman scored his 28th goal of the season to extend the Rangers’ lead to 7-3. Eric Guest would score his 2nd goal of the season at 6:26 to make it an 8-3 game.
The Sting would go on the power-play at 18:10 in the 3rd period and Adam Ruzicka capitalized, tipping home a shot from Jordan Kyrou for his 18th goal of the year. Jeff King was credited with the secondary assist on the play.
The Sting will look to rebound this coming Wednesday at Progressive Auto Sales Arena when the Guelph Storm come to town. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
- Jordan Kyrou extended his point streak to 17 games with 2 assists this afternoon.
- The Sting were 1/1 on the man advantage and were 3/4 on the penalty kill.
- Filip Helt recorded two goals and doubled his season total.