The Sarnia Sting traveled to Niagara Friday, riding the wave of a seven-game win streak. And by all accounts there was no reason to think that streak would end. But other teams along with the Sting had made changes before the trade deadline and one of them were the Niagara Ice Dogs.
Justin Fazio would again get the call to go into the net to represent Sarnia, Sarnia’s number one goalie has been outstanding and is a big part of why their win streak had been so long. The Sting looked amazing starting strong in the first period with a short-handed goal by Sean Josling. Nick Grima had picked up a slashing penalty and that put the Ice Dogs on the powerplay but it could not stop Josling from putting the puck behind Stephen Dhillon. The Ice Dogs would tie things up with a powerplay goal from Sam Miletic, But Jordan Kyrou would answer back less than a minute later to again give Sarnia the lead.
Cam Dineen would keep things going for the Sting as he would score at 8:16 of the second period and then Captain Jordan Kyrou would get his second of the night. Adam Ruzicka would hit the back of the net at the 17:13 mark of the second period to give the Sting a commanding 5-1 lead. And that is where the train went off the tracks.
Sam Miletic would get his second of the night less than a minute later and from there the Ice Dogs went rabid on the Sting. A powerplay goal with less than a minute in the period brought Niagara to within two. And things continued to go bad for Sarnia in the third as another powerplay goal at just 1:19 of the period would now get the Ice Dogs to within one of tying the game. With two minutes left in the g, me Johnny Corneil would turn on the red light and send the game into overtime.
With both teams tied at five apiece, they headed into overtime in a packed Meridian Centre. The hometown crowd would only have to wait two minutes and 27 seconds before Sam Miletic would slam the books shut on this game and pick up a hat-trick in the process. Justin Fazio did a stellar job facing 52 shots in net. Sam Miletic picked up a well deserved first star of the game.
This is the first of three road games this weekend for the Sting, They are off to Erie on Saturday night to face the Otters then are in Hamilton to play the Bulldogs on Sunday. They come back for a televised game of the week on Sports Net on Saturday, February 3.