Winners of six straight, the Sting were going for seven in a row. And they weren’t going home without it.
It was a homecoming game of sorts for rookie defenceman Colton Kammerer, who hails from nearby Brooklin, Ontario. With family and friends in attendance, Kammerer and his teammates put on a show.
In the first period, the Sting came out flying. Jonathan Ang opened the scoring by firing the puck in from maybe an inch or two above the goal line. Beside the net. In the corner of the ice. Assists went to Drake Rymsha and Jordan Kyrou. Those assists are important. Keep track.
Four minutes after Ang’s opening goal, Sting forward Michael Pezzetta scored his eighteenth of the season. Pezzetta tipped in a point shot from defenceman Cam Dineen. Kyrou picked up the other assist.
Another four minutes later, Adam Ruzicka scored his twenty-sixth of the year. For Ruzicka, it was his sixth goal in the last three games. Three goals against Flint on Wednesday, two against the Soo on Friday, and one more tonight. Helpers to Pezzetta and Kyrou.
Oshawa defenceman Matt Brassard got the Gens on the board, but the Sting weren’t done.
Next up, Pezzetta and Dineen did pretty much the exact same thing as the first time around. Dineen took the point shot, and Pezzetta redirected the puck past Generals goaltender Kyle Keyser. It would end Keyser’s night, with the Generals bringing in backup Cole Ceci.
With the lead at 4-1, Sting forward Drake Rymsha put in a fifth. Thanks to some fantastic speed from linemate Ang, all Rymsha had to do was tap in Ang’s setup pass. It was 5-1 for Sarnia through one period.
The second period would go to the Generals. Jack Studnicka had his first of two goals on the night, with Danil Antropov and Brendan Harrogate adding singles. Heading into the final frame, it was a 5-4 game.
In the third, the Gens would miraculously tie the game when Studnicka scored his second of the evening.
With the Sting needing a leader to take over down the stretch, Kyrou took things into his own hands. Kyrou scored the game-winning goal with nine minutes to go. Kyrou used a screen in front to send a low shot far side past the Oshawa goalie. It would be the last goal scored tonight in what was a wild ride at the Tribute Communities Centre.
Sting netminder Justin Fazio recorded his league-leading twenty-seventh win of the season in goal. Fazio stopped 31 of 36 shots against.
Kyrou finished the night with a goal and four assists; Pezzetta had two goals and an assist; Dineen had three assists; Ang had a goal and an assist; and Rymsha had a goal and an assist.