The is nothing better than coming off a close loss than with a huge win and that is just what the Sarnia Sting did at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Sunday afternoon. Just over 2,700 attended what would be a huge game for both Justin Fazio and team Captain Jordan Kyrou. There was some bad blood between the Firebirds and the Sting after Friday night’s win and it seemed to still be brewing on Sunday afternoon.
The Sting would get the first goal of the game in the first period as they would go on the powerplay for the first time. Adam Ruzicka would get his 33 goal of the season thanks to the set up by Drake Rymsha and Jordan Kyrou, this would be the first of three assists that Kyrou would get in the game.
A tripping penalty late in the first period by Ryan Littlejohn would let the Sting start the second period with the man advantage. The two Jordans—Ernst and Kyrou—would hook up on the powerplay as Ernst would feed Kyrou and Sarnia is up 2-0. The hometown team was far from done though as three minutes later Cam Dineen would get the puck from Kyrou, work his way into the slot and beat Flint goalie Garrett Forrest with a great wrist shot and the Sting lead 3-0.
A bad turnover by Flint would see Captain Kyrou again get the puck and put it into the net for his second of the game and give Sarnia a 4-0 lead. Jonathan Ang would work his way into the slot area and take a picture-perfect pass from Alexandre Hogue and the Sting go up 5-0.
That got tempers on the Firebirds bench hot and it all came to a head when Jalen Smereck of the Firebirds and Sean Josling from the Sting dropped the gloves. Josling was ready to throw hands but Smereck decided wrestling was more his style and the two went to the ice. Both would get majors for fighting but Smereck got the boot as well as he started the whole thing by using a vicious hook. With Sarnia again on the powerplay, Adam Ruzicka would win the faceoff and put it right on Jordan Kyrou’s stick. Kyrou would one time it past Forrest and give Sarnia a 6-0 lead and pick up the hat trick. Kyrou said it was not a pre-planned play but he just felt it was going to happen.
Cam Dineen would get his second of the game in the third period as he would unload a blast from the blue line and that beat Forrest clean to give Sarnia a 7-0 lead. Adam Ruzicka would put a long lead pass right on the stick of Jordan Kyrou and he would sneak it by the Firebirds netminder for his fourth of the game, giving the Sting Captain seven points on the night and bring him to 99 points on the season.
Michael Pezzetta would add one more to the Sting total bringing the winning score to 9-0 for Sarnia. Tempers and frustration got the better of Flint with just 30 seconds left in the game and Ethan Keppan would drop the gloves and challenge Alexandre Hogue. Both would exchange a couple of shots before they went to the ice and get majors for fighting.
Justin Fazio would turn away 22 shots in this one and earn the third star of the game for a shutout win, Cam Dineen would be the second star but Jordan Kyrou would be the first star and well deservedly so.
The Sting now travel to Kitchener to face the Rangers on Tuesday night then it is off to Sault Ste Marie for a date with the Greyhounds on Friday March 2.