The Sarnia Sting improved to 4-1-1-0 on the season after knocking off the CHL’s 7th ranked Kitchener Rangers in a shootout on Friday night. Justin Fazio was stellar in goal once again; turning aside 46 shots in 3+ periods and stopping both shootout attempts to secure the win for the Sting. Fazio was named the game’s first star.
Offensively, Nikita Korostelev led the way for the Sting with two goals and one assist. Korostelev now has 6 goals and 9 points in four games played this season. First year centreman, Brady Hinz also picked up three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and now sits in a tie for 2nd in OHL rookie scoring.
The Rangers came out firing in the opening frame, shelling Fazio with 24 shots on goal. Adam Mascherin, who also had 3 points on the night opened the scoring for the home side at 5:11 of the first period. Leafs’ prospect Jeremy Bracco and Doug Blaisdell were credited with the assists.
In the latter stages of the first, Sean Josling hopped on a loose puck and beat Dawson Carty for his first career OHL goal. Both Franco Sproviero and Kelton Hatcher picked up assists on the goal. The assist for Hatcher was the first point of his young OHL career.
Before the period drew to a close, the Rangers would regain their lead – this time from the stick of sophomore forward Greg Meireles. Kitchener would take a 2-1 lead into the break.
It was a wide open second period with both teams exchanging chances early and often. Nikita Korostelev drew first blood; jamming home a rebound to tie the game 2-2. Both Brady Hinz and Jordan Kyrou were awarded assists.
The Rangers would respond; and within a span of 0:25, Jacob Cascagnette would find the back of the net twice and give the home side a 4-2 lead.
Just 15 seconds after the second Cascagnette goal, Brady Hinz would tip home a Connor Schlichting point shot and reduce the Rangers lead to one.
Just a few minutes later, Korostelev struck again for the Sting. After a good stick from Hinz broke up the Rangers breakout, Korostelev would streak in and dodge two defenders before beating Carty with a back-hand shot over the glove.
The Sting would take their first lead of the game at 9:12 of the second period when Jaden Lindo capitalized on the powerplay. After a couple of whacks near the goal mouth, the puck eventually crossed the line, and upon further review, was called a good-goal.
Jeremy Bracco tied the game for Kitchener with less than 5:00 remaining in regulation, sending the game to overtime and eventually a shootout. During the extra frame, the Sting would be forced to kill off a 4-on-3 man advantage before progressing to the shootout.
In the shootout, both Nikita Korostelev and Jordan Kyrou would capitalize for the Sting while Justin Fazio turned aside both Garreffa and Bracco to solidify the two points for Sarnia.
The Sting are back in action on Saturday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena when they take on the visiting Peterborough Petes for the first time this season. The Petes are coming off a 6-3 to the London Knights after topping the Saginaw Spirit on Thursday. Puck drop is set for 7:05 PM.
- The Sting were 1/3 with the man advantage while going 5/5 on the penalty kill
- Korostelev now leads the Sting with 9 points on the year
- Jordan Kyrou picked up 2 assists in Kitchener – giving him 8 points in 4 games this season
- The Sting were 41/70 (59%) from the faceoff dot. Troy Lajeunesse was 10/13