The Sarnia Sting had been struggling after their Christmas break, dropping games to area rivals Windsor and a home at home series to London. With the new year comes a trip into Michigan where they had trouble with Saginaw. Friday night the Sting returned to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena and things seemed to have straightened out.
Justin Fazio would again get the call in net for the Sting and he would turn away 39 of 40 shots as Fazio would lead the Sting to a 7-1 over the visiting Flint Firebirds. Sarnia looked revitalised and it showed as they came out with three unanswered goals in the first period, led but Jordan Ernst who got his 20th on the season at just 4:37 of the first period. The hard one-time slapper on the powerplay would set the tone for the night as Sean Josling would get his first of two on the night followed by Franco Sproviero who would also get his first of two.
Flint would finally get one past Fazio at 13:02 of the second as Jack Wismer would hit the back of the net, but that would be all the breath in the Firebirds as the third period would be all Sarnia.
A four-goal third period would be sheer dominance by the Sting as Ryan McGregor would get a short-handed goal and then Josling and Sproviero would each get their second goals of the night. Hugo Leufvenius would just add the cherry on top of a great Sting game.
Flint would go one for five on the power play while Sarnia would be one for fiyr. Over 2,500 fans got to see a very dominant Sarnia Sting hockey team, as both Sean Josling and Franco Sproviero picked up the first and second stars of the game, the Sting’s Colton Kammerer would get the third star. Rookie defenceman Ashton Reesor would make his first appearance in a Sting uniform as he was warmly welcomed to the team.
Coach Derian Hatcher had talked earlier about needing that one big win, that on big push to get the Sting juices flowing and regain their confidence. Looks like this could be it. The Sting are in Saginaw on Saturday night to face the Spirit, then have a home at home series with the Windsor Spitfires starting in Windsor on Thursday then back to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Friday for Steven Stamkos night to wrap up the series.