Wednesday night’s game between the Sarnia Sting and the Saginaw Spirit was definitely all about the goalies. Justin Fazio, who has been brilliant in net for the Sting got the call, while Evan Cormier was in net for Saginaw. Both would put on a clinic on how to keep the puck from entering the net.
The Sting entered Wednesday night’s contest riding a two-game win streak but that was about to change. Ryan McGregor had said earlier that Saginaw was a team that just did not give up and the Spirit proved that statement right, as they came out hard and put the puck in the net less than a minute into the game, but, it was waved off because of an offside. That did not dampen Saginaw’s spirit as Hayden Davis officially opened up the scoring at 5:02 of the first period, with a blast from the point that got by Fazio.
Sean Josling would tie things up for the Sting on a Power Play goal, but that would be the only Power Play that connected for the Sting, even though they had five Power Play opportunities, one time having a 5 on 3 advantage.
Brady Gilmour would get the game winner for Saginaw at 1:09 of the third period. The Sting kept the pressure on and pulled Fazio with 1:34 left to play but the clock ran out before the hometown team could get the tying goal.
Justin Fazio stopped 35 of 37 shots, combine that with what Cormier turned away and both goalies stopped a total of 73 pucks in the very hard hitting contest.
The weather kept a lot of fans away from the Progressive Auto Sales Arena but that did not keep the referees in the seats any quieter, as they blasted the guys in the striped shirts when two Sting players went down and got up very slowly from what looked like high sticks to the face area, with no penalties.
Sarnia now will try to regroup as they get ready for back to back games on Friday and Saturday night. Friday it is a trip down the 402 to battle their rivals, the London Knights and then it is back home Saturday night to face the Flint Firebirds.
The loss drops the Sting six points back of the league-leading Soo Greyhounds.