The Sarnia Sting hosted the North Bay Battalion on Friday to open a quick three-game stint that would see the Sting travel to Saginaw Saturday night and then be back at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Riding a five-game win streak the Sting got on the scoreboard quickly, which has been a trait of Sarnia’s. Sean Joslin put his ninth goal of the season into the net just 45 seconds into the game. Things were looking like they were going the Sting’s way, as they were able to fill the slot with yellow jerseys but could not capitalize on having the man out front.
Justin Brazeau evened things up for North Bay with just seconds left in the opening period, this after Sarnia had a two-man advantage due to a tripping penalty followed by a hooking penalty. There were many chances on net for the Sting in the second period but North Bay net-minder Julian Sime answered every rush and shot with his big pads to keep the score tied. With four minutes remaining in the game, the Sting came within one of tying the game but the clock would not be a friend to Sarnia this night and the North Bay Battalion edged out the hometown team 3-2
Aidan Hughes got the call for Sarnia between the pipes, making some outstanding saves in the third period. This is one of the few times that Hughes has gotten the call instead of Justin Fazio, Assistant Coach Brad Staubitz had nothing but praise for Hughes.
Sarnia will now travel to Saginaw to face the Spirit on Saturday night before turning back around and heading for home and a game against the Oshawa Generals on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s game is very special as it is the 20th annual Teddy Bear Toss. The Sting are teaming up with Lambton Ford to help gather toys for needy children. This year the team hopes to gather 4,000 Teddy’s for kids in need. Who will score the goal that will set the Teddy Bears flying? That remains to be seen, but initss 19 year history no Sting player has ever scored two Teddy Tossing goals.