The Sarnia Sting skipped over the border on Friday night to face the Flint Firebirds at the Dort Federal Events Center. It would be a night of memorable moments as one player would get two goals in the same period and another would get his first ever OHL goal.
Aidan Hughes would get the call in the net as the coaches not only rest Justin Fazio but keep Hughes sharp with the playoff just around the corner. Fazio would not even dress as rookie Ethan Langevin dressed as the backup goalie. The coaches had been talking all week about confidence and getting back into a rhythm and that is just what the team did as they were back to form scoring early in the game.
Cam Dineen would take the set up from Jordan Kyrou and the Sting would be on the board in less than a minute in this game. That would not sit well with Flint as they would answer with one from Ryan Littlejohn. The Sting would then go on the powerplay and that gave the opportunity to Sean Josling who again took the set up from captain Kyrou to make it a 2-1 game.
In the second period Marko Jakovljevic, a rookie who was picked up in Under-18 Priority Selection last spring, would blast one from the point and it would beat Flint netminder Luke Cavallin, for Jakovljevic’s first OHL goal. Jakovljevic was swarmed at the blue line by his teammates and they made sure to grab that puck for Marko, so he had a keepsake. Drake Rymsha would get his 28th goal of the season as he was set up yet again by Kyrou and that would close out the second period with Sarnia leading 4-1.
In less than a minute into the third period Michael Pezzetta would find the back of the net after getting a break away from mid ice and sending a wrist shot over Cavallin’s shoulder. Adam Ruzicka would be credited with the assist and would also get the credit along with Jordan Kyrou, who would register four assists on the night, on Pezzetta’s second goal to make it 6-1 at the 16:26 mark. Flint would get one more from Connor Roberts on the powerplay but it would not affect the out come of this game as the Sting would wrap up a tidy 6-2 victory.
Aidan Hughes picks up his ninth win of the season, stopping 26 of 28 shots. Not so good for Mr. Cavallin as he faced 43 shots and stopped 37 of them.
The Sting now return to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Saturday night to face the Erie Otters, a team still looking to clinch a playoff spot in the east. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.