The Sarnia Sting played their second home ice game in as many days hosting the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday. The Sting have already clinched their playoff spot but Sudbury seems to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture.
In a fashion that was unusual for the Sting, the Wolves jumped out to a quick lead to start the game off. At just over the two-minute mark Blake Murray would score for the visitors and then Drake Pilon would get the feed from Murray to make it 2-0. Anthony Salinitri would get his 24th of the season to bring the Sting to within one but the Wolves would bite once again as Pilon would get goal number two and make it 3-1 at the 11:21 mark.
Head Coach Darien Hatcher decided things were not working out with net-minder Adian Hughes so he switched Hughes out for Justin Fazio. Fazio would get beat by Shane Bulitka but that would be the end of the Sudbury scoring in this game. Jordan Kyrou would hit the back of the net before the first period ended making it 4-2 Wolves.
Coach Hatcher must have had a good talk with his boys during the intermission because the second period looked like a totally different Sting team. Conner Schlichting would score just one and a half minutes into the period with an assist by Jonathan Ang. Schlichting would return the favour before the period ended by setting up Ang to tie the game up heading into the third.
The game-winner would come at 3:39 of the third period as Jordan Ernst would get goal number 26 on the season. Things got a bit chippy in the third as Sean Josling of the Sting and David Levon of the Wolves dropped the gloves and decided to dance but it would not change the outcome of this one as the Sting get a 5-4 win.
Justin Fazio again picking up the win to add to his record, turning away 16 of the 17 shots he faced. Marshall Frappier faced 36 shot in the game for Sudbury, he stopped 31.
Attendance was a bit lower for this afternoon game. The Sting do not return to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena until Monday, Feb. 19, Family Day when they will host the Saginaw Spirit in another afternoon game, with a 2:05 start.