It has been a busy week for the Sarnia Sting, with some strange twists. The Sting have clinched a playoff spot and are also looking at their new players to help them reach the Memorial Cup. Friday night’s game against the Kitchener Rangers had to be postponed due to the weather; that game has been rescheduled to February 27.
The new acquisitions that Sarnia have made in the past month are paying off and now the Sting look to add to the defence. General Manager Nick Sinclair announced that Mitch Eliot has joined the team, making his first appearance in a Sting uniform on Saturday night. Eliot came over from Michigan State University and looked good getting one shot on goal in his first appearance.
The Niagara Ice Dogs came into town looking for revenge having lost to the Sting on home ice in their last meeting. The Sarnia M-O of strike first and not play catch-up continued as Jordan Ernst would score in the first period as a turn over would send the puck to Jamieson Rees. He found Ernst and Jordan found the back of the net for the lone goal in the first period.
The second period was all about the Sting’s second line of Anthony Salinitri, Jonathan Ang, and Drake Rymsha. Rymsha would score at the 12:34 mark and then less than a minute later Salinitri would turn on the red light. The Sting were cruising into the third period leading 3-0.
This is where the dog fight started as Niagara would score less than a minute into the third, with a goal from Johnny Corneil. Then two powerplay goals would tie things up. Sting Captain Jordan Kyrou would again put the Sting in the lead with his 28th goal of the season. The Ice Dogs would not be denied as they pulled their goalie and got the extra attacker on the ice. Daniel Singer would get his second of the night to send the game to overtime.
The new additions to the Sarnia line up again paid dividends as Cam Dineen would be set up by Kyrou and Adam Ruzicka on the powerplay. That lead to Dineen putting the puck in the back of the net with less than a minute remaining in the overtime period. The Sting pick up a hard fought 5-4 win in O-T.
Goaltender Justin Fazio set a new franchise record with his 30th win of the season. Fazio, who has been a rock between the pipes, turned away 37 of 41 shots he faced on the night. Over 3,200 fans watched a great game and saw Fazio set his record which I am sure he will break before the season is over.
The Sting now turn their attention to Sunday afternoon where they will host the Sudbury Wolves at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Puck drops at 2:05 pm.