The 20th annual Sarnia Sting Lambton Ford Teddy Bear toss not only saw the Sting with a victory but a victory for needy
children as over 4,000 Teddy Bears hit the ice to set a new Teddy Bear Toss record.
Many thought it would it would be a hard game for the Sting, going into their third straight game in as many days, and coming off of two loses, but the Hive was buzzing with fans and that gave the hometown team the boost it needed to beat the Oshawa Generals 4-1 and get Sarnia back into the win column.
Curtis Egert joins 19 other Sting players with the honour of scoring the first goal of the game that brought over 4,000 Teddy Bears flying onto the ice, at just 16:05 in the first period and this boosted the hometown team to keep the pressure on throughout the entire game. Jordan Ernst played exceptional as he scored two goals in three minutes in the second period to put the Sting up 3-0 going into the 3rd period. That lead to Oshawa pulling goaltender Mario Peccia and subbing in Cole Ceci.
Riley Stillman finally got the Generals on the board at 16:18 but it was too little too late as the Sting cruised to a 4-1 victory. Justin Fazio picked up his 18th win of the season and was named third star of the game. Jordon Ernst earned the second star for his two goals and an assist, and Curtis Egart with his Teddy Bear Toss goal to start things off for the Sting was the first star.
The fans saw a great game and had a lot of fun during and after the game, as they were allowed to take to the ice and skate with the Sting. The Sting are in the hunt for the Memorial Cup this year only two points behind league-leading Sault Ste Marie. And that will be who they face on Wednesday night as they head north. After a battle with the top team, the Sting will be home on Friday night to face the Erie Otters at Progressive Auto Sales Arena with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m.