Sunday afternoon the Sarnia Sting hosted the Owen Sound Attack at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Before the game, the Sting thanked the club’s billet families with a tribute and gifts. Sting management say they have been very fortunate in the support they have received from the community in getting families to billet those players that have come to town.
Justin Fazio would get the responsibility of guarding the Sting net as coach Derian Hatcher would keep his number one in fine form. Attack head coach Todd Gill would answer with Olivier Lafreniere. The Sting looked out of sorts as Owen Sound would get a big lead early in the game, getting two goals in the first period for a 2-0 lead and then following that up in the second period with another to give Owen Sound a 3-0 lead.
Things were looking bleak for the hometown team going into the third period, until Jonathan Ang would make a great move on Lafreniere, dangling the puck and slipping it past the Attack netminder, to make it 3-1. That set the Sting in motion as Cam Dineen would unload one from the point and bring the Sting to within one. Owen Sound was not finished as Ethan Szypula would make it a 4-2 hockey game. Jamieson Rees would draw an Attack penalty and with it, Rees would earn himself a penalty shot. Rees would bury the puck in the Owen Sound net and it was a 4-3 hockey game.
A late penalty against Owen Sound would put the Sting on the powerplay and they would not waste this opportunity. With 48 seconds left in the game, Jordan Ernst would get his 27th goal of the season to tie the game at four apiece and send this one to overtime.
The end of the game did not take long as Jonathan Ang would look to try to repeat his dangle move and draw Lafreniere to the side of the net but, instead of going for the goal, Ang would pass back to Jordan Kyrou and Kyrou sent it home for the win. This come from behind win came at just 17 seconds into overtime and the over 3,400 in attendance went crazy. This win set a Sting record of 43 season victories.
The Sting now hit the road for a Tuesday night match-up with the Kitchener Rangers. The last time these two met up was back in February where the Rangers doubled up the Sting 6-3 so you know Hatcher and his boys will have revenge on their minds. Next time the Sting are back at the Hive is on Saturday night when they host the Guelph Storm.