The Sarnia Sting faced the Saginaw Spirit in an afternoon Family Day game against the Saginaw Spirit at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. The last time these two teams faced off was just three days ago and the Sting got a 3-0 shutout with Aidan Hughes in the net. This time it would be Justin Fazio in goal.
Fazio had a rough night on Saturday night losing to the Soo Greyhounds, 7-1. Coach Derian Hatcher put Fazio right back up on the horse and Justin was up for the challenge. Assistant Coach Jeff Barrett says the game in the Soo was not a great effort but this time the Sting played the full 60 minutes and Justin bounced back well after the loss.
Sarnia would start the game out very solid as they would get three goals in the first period. Franco Sproviero would start things off and then Drake Rymsha would get his first of two on the night unassisted and Jordan Kyrou would cap off the three-goal period. That would be it for Saginaw goalie Cameron Lamour as he would get replaced by Evan Cormier.
The Sting would keep the pressure on in the second period as Adam Ruzicka would score. Things got a little chippy as the Spirit were showing signs of frustration at not being able to get anything going. Drake Rymsha would get his second of the night just before the end of the period and the Sting would close out the period leading 5-0.
Things were tight in the third but Sean Josling would get his 19th of the season as he would snap one to Cormier’s blocker side and that made it a 6-0 game. Fazio looked like he was cruising to a shutout until Max Grondin would find the back of the net with just 42 seconds left in the game.
Over 4,400 filled the Progressive Auto Sales Arena to witness a dominant win for the hometown team. The Sting now get ready to travel to Flint on Friday to play the Firebirds before returning home on Saturday night for a game against the Erie Otters.
With the playoffs just around the corner, Barrett says they will balance out Justin Fazio in net with Aidan Hughes. Barrett says they need to rest Fazio but also keep him sharp.
Barrett says that getting Hughes into games is important since it looks like next year that Hughes will be the Sting number one goalie. Barrett says Aidan’s shutout over the weekend was a huge boost not only to him but to the entire team. Now the Sting will try to ride this wave of confidence thanks to the two big wins over Saginaw into Flint on Friday.