The Sarnia Sting travelled to Kitchener on Tuesday night for another matchup with conference rivals the Kitchener Rangers. The last time these two teams met, which was a week ago, the Rangers skated away the winners. Things did not change much in a week.
Justin Fazio would get the call to defend the Sarnia net and he stood tall facing everything that the Rangers would throw at him. Kitchener would get on the scoreboard first as Adam Liska would put it behind Fazio deflecting a shot from Greg Meireles. The Sting would come back, Jordan Kyrou would add to his totals on the season with a powerplay goal.
The Sting were short-handed in the second period and caught the Rangers napping as Jordan Ernst would slide one over to Jonathan Ang and he would beat Rangers goaltender Mario Culina cleanly. That would put the Sting out in front 2-1. But that would be where the Sting advantage would end. Givani Smith would hit twine and then Connor Bunnaman would put the Rangers back in front before the end of the second period. Things were getting chippy and before the buzzer went off, the gloves came off as Smith and Kelton Hatcher decided to try each other on.
Kitchener would add to their lead in the third period as forward Rickard Hugg would get one by Fazio. Coach Derian Hatcher would pull Justin from the net for the extra attacker but Nick McHugh would find the empty night to end this one 5-2 for Kitchener. Fazio would stop 41 of the 45 shots he faced and earn the second star of the game. Justin earned another big milestone in Tuesday night’s game, surpassing 10,000 career minutes in the OHL. Fazio, who is Sarnia born and raised, is not only making the team proud but the entire community as well.
The Sting are back in action on Saturday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena, when they face the Guelph Storm. Game time is 7:05 p.m.