The second game in as many nights had the Sarnia Sting back on the ice at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. The Sting were looking for a win and to gain some ground on an idle Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, and that is just what they did.
Justin Fazio once again got the call in net turning away 26 shots on the night to earn a 3-1 win over the visiting Peterborough Petes. The Sting swarmed Petes netminder Dylan Wells with 52 shots on the night and that lead to a Sting victory.
This was just old-time good end to end hockey right from the get-go. Long periods of open ice hockey with no whistles and plenty of hard-hitting action. Peterborough has a long history of being heavy hitters and they showed that off, but the Sting did not shy away from using the body either and that provided some great action for the fans.
Sean Josling opened the scoring at 3:15 with assists from Hugo Leufvenius and Ryan McGregor. That one goal lead would hold up going into the second period but then the Petes would get on the board with a goal by Pavel Gogolev just 40 seconds into the second period. Two minutes and eight seconds later Sarnia would again take the lead as Ryan McGregor would hit the back of the net picking up his ninth goal of the season. McGregor says that the switching up of the lines and winning the battles on the boards is huge for the team
McGregor’s goal would prove to be the game-winner as Justin Fazio turned away everything that Peterborough threw at him.
There was a lot of pounding in front of both nets but Peterborough was worried when one of their players slid into goaltender Dylan Wells. Wells was slow to get up but stayed in net, until the Petes pulled him with just over 30 seconds left in the game.
With an empty net, it was easy for Adam Ruzicka put the puck in for the security goal and give the Sting a 3-1 win.
Sean Josling would get the third star for his opening goal. Dylan Wells of Peterborough would be named the second star for his tough play in net and Ryan McGregor would get the first star for his goal and assist. Justin Fazio earns the win and takes the Sting to a record of 24-6-2-0. With the win that brings Sarnia within two points of the league-leading Soo Greyhounds.
Next up for the Sting is the Saginaw Spirit who will visit on Wednesday night (December 13). McGregor says Saginaw’s name says it all, they have Spirit, but Ryan believes the Sting have the talent to beat them and stay in the win column.
Just three more games until the Christmas break for the Sting and it all starts Wednesday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.