Some teams thrive on the road and that is usually the case for the Sarnia Sting but this last road trip has not been a Sunday drive. Coming off a 6-3 loss to the Kitchener Rangers, the Sting went into the Soo looking for a little revenge against the number one team in the CHL on Friday night. When it comes to points in the OHL the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds and the Sarnia Sting are one and two.
The Hounds took a page out of the Sting playbook and scored at just over a minute into the game as Morgan Frost would get the first goal for the Soo and then Jack Kopacka would put the home team up by two at just over the five-minute mark. The Sting are not used to playing catch-up but that is just the position they were put into, as two pucks got by Aidan Hughes. Cam Dineen would bring the Sting within one just before the period closed out. Dineen would shoot through traffic and beat Matthew Villalta on the high side to end the first period 2-1 Greyhounds.
Sarnia would turn up the heat in the second period as Franco Sproviero would get the puck after some great digging by Jordan Ernst to jam it behind Villalta for Franco’s 10th goal of the season, and a tie game. Four minutes later Drake Rymsha would put the Sting in the lead as he would get the drop pass from Jordan Kyrou and beat Villalta clean. But this was only halfway through the second period and Jack Kopacka would get his second of the night at 10:59 to tie the game once again. Tim Gettinger would get his 32nd goal of the season and put the Hounds in the lead one more time. Mitch Eliot would get his second OHL goal off of a great slap shot. Before the period would close out Mac Hollowell would score with 17 seconds left and yet again the Greyhounds were in the lead.
Nearing the end of the third period the Sting would go on the powerplay. Jordan Ernst would unleash a wicked slapper and Drake Rymsha would get a piece of it to deflect it behind Villalta for his second of the night and to tie the game. Nothing could be decided between these two teams in overtime so it went to a shootout. Sarnia would send out Rymsha, Adam Ruzicka, and team captain Jordan Kyrou, while the Greyhounds would go with Taylor Raddysh, Jack Kopacka and Rasmus Sandin. Kopacka as the Hounds second shooter would be the only one to score a goal, giving him the game-winner and a virtual hat trick on the night.
Aidan Hughes turned away 32 of 37 shots. The Sting pelted Villalta with 42 shots in an extremely close game. Sault Ste Marie picked up a 6-5 shootout win but they certainly knew they were in a dogfight. This is the last meeting for these two clubs during the regular season but be assured the Sting look forward to meeting them again in the playoffs, and with only six games left in the regular season you know that match-up is top of mind.
The Sting return home to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Sunday afternoon for a game against the Owen Sound Attack. The Attack have clinched a playoffs spot as have the Sting and this game could determine match-ups going into the first round.