The two top teams in the division met in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday night and the over 4,500 that packed the Essar Center saw a very dominant hometown team earn what most would call an easy victory.
The Sting have been working on a game plan of score early and stay out in front. Well, Greyhound coach Drew Bannister must have received that exact same memo because the Hounds started the game off with the same plan. Anthony DeMeo would score the first goal at the 53-second mark of the first period. He would also assist on the next goal in the second period. The first period was chippy as there were seven minor penalties shared by both teams.
DeMeo would set up Joe Carrol for the Greyhounds second goal, at just 47 seconds into the second period. Anthony Salinitri would return fire and bring the Sting within one at the 1:35 mark, and that would be where the Sarnia dream would die. Hayden Verbeek would start things off for the Soo with a goal at 9:31. Then Rasmus Sandin would get his first of two on the night to finish the period.
A three-goal third period which would see Sandin get his second of the night would be the story of this game. The Soo Greyhounds dominated the Sting for a 7-1 win. Justin Fazio was peppered with 37 shots while the Sting could only muster 28.
The Sting must now shake off this loss and get ready for a homecoming Family Day game on Monday afternoon against the Saginaw Spirit. The Sting had a great road trip win over the Spirit just a few days ago, which also earned Aiden Hughes a shutout.