The Sarnia Sting seem to be the Sting of old as they swarmed the Saginaw Spirit with a 5-2 road win Saturday night. It was a Saginaw come from behind win that sent the Sting into a losing streak but that seems to have changed now with their second big road win.
Tough first-period hockey left both teams with zero’s on the board but that was not to say there were not tense moments as Sting netminder Justin Fazio made a few remarkable saves even diving to keep the puck out of the net after a scramble in front of his crease. Both Fazio and Spirit goaltender Evan Cormier put on a remarkable display to keep both teams scoreless after one.
Franco Sproviero would open up the scoring in the second period for Sarnia with an assist from Jordan Ernst, who would have a great night earning himself second star of the game. Saginaw would answer back with one from Jake Goldowski, but Ryan McGregor would come back with the first of his two goal night. Before the period would end the Spirit would tie things up with a goal from Cole Coskey.
The third period would be an all Sarnia extravaganza, as Ryan McGregor would put his second of the night into the net, Sean Josling would be the setup man and this would be credited as the game-winner. Connor Schlichting would get the first of two insurance goals on the power play, this goal was a beauty as Schlichting would get the puck in his own end, drive up the ice and split the defence then finish it off with a hard wrist shot past Cormier. Jordan Ernst would pick up his 21st goal of the season to close out the game with an empty-net goal set up by the man he assisted to start the night off, Franco Sproviero.
A great night for the Sting picking up a revenge 5-2 win over Saginaw and to keep the winning streak alive. Justin Fazio stopped 32 out of 34 shots on the night and the Sting gain a point on the Soo Greyhounds. While they are still 13 points back, there is a lot of hockey left to be played.
A big milestone came for Sting forward Drake Rymsha as he played in his 200th career OHL game. Rymsha is a prospect for the Kings and they will do well with him.
The Sting made some key trades over the weekend, including swapping defenceman Braden Henderson to the North Bay Battalion for defenceman Cam Dineen, a New Jersey native who has played 136 games and scoring 30 goals with the Battalion.
The Sting take a break until Thursday night when they open up a home at home series with the Windsor Spitfires, Dineen is expected to make his Sting debut in this game. The Sting will again be looking for revenge after a loss at home to the Spits earlier this season. Then it will be back to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Friday night to host Windsor for the second half of the series.