For two teams that only see each other twice a year it was quite the physical affair.
The Sting offense has proven to be explosive thus far this season and opposing teams should emphasize discipline to avoid shorthanded scenarios. The Steelheads learned that lesson the hard way as Cole Schwindt would head to the box early in the first. It took Brady Hinz just seven seconds to find the back of the net and put the Sting up 1-0. That goal breaks a 12-game scoreless streak for Hinz after starting the year very hot with 10 goals in his first 12 games.
Justin Fazio came up big a number of times in the first including a big stop on Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett and the Sting headed to the room up 1-0 after 20.
The Sting would start the second short-handed. Adam Ruzicka would come just inches away from a shorthanded tally but no cigar. Adding insult to injury the Steelheads would head back the other way and get one of their own to tie the game at 1’s.
The Sting would begin to swarm getting multiple chances. Steelheads goaltender Jacob Ingham would continue to stand tall until Sting rookie Brayden Guy would get his third of the season after some hard work on the boards from utility man Franco Sporviero & the Sting would take the 2-1 lead.
Sarnia would continue to mount pressure but could not add to their 2 goal total. A broken play in the Sting end would lead to a Michael Mcleod opportunity. The Devils prospect would make no mistake and slide one by Fazio to tie the game at 2’s heading into the 3rd period.
With several friends and family in attendance rookie Brayden Guy found the back of the net for his second of the night giving the Sting a 2 goal lead in the third.
The Steelheads should have learned after the Sting scored just :07 seconds into their first powerplay. However Michael Little takes a tripping call midway through the third and Jordan Ernst makes him pay, tucking his shot short side under the bar to give the Sting their first 2 goal lead.
Ernst would continue to have a major impact on this one as he would get under the skin of Trent Fox, sending him to the box on a retaliation call. Ernst would stay on the ice for the power play and set up Adam Ruzicka for his 17th of the season and give the Sting a 5-2 lead.
The Steelheads would add two late goals to make things interesting however it was too little, too late and the Sting would skate away with a solid road win and move to 20-4-1 on the season.
Next up for the black and gold are the Erie Otters Saturday night at Erie Insurance Arena. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.