With the Sarnia Sting adding players to both the forward lines and defence and now a goalie prospect in Ethan Langevin, things are looking pretty good in the Sting camp. But still there were the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. Sarnia had lost to the hounds in their last two meetings. The Sting were coming off a four-game winning streak and welcoming the Hounds to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena had everyone on edge.
The Sting looked true to form as they opened up the scoring in the first period with Adam Ruzicka picking up his 24th goal of the season. Captain Jordan Kyrou and Michael Pezzetta doing the set up for Ruzicka at 16:39 of the first period, Ruzicka was coming off a great Wednesday night game where he had a hat-trick in Flint. Sarnia would add another one before the frame ended with Jamieson Rees scoring just 26 seconds after the Ruzicka goal. Sting lead 2-0 after one.
Never count the Greyhounds out as they also made some major moves just before the trade deadline. Captain Tim Gettinger got the Hounds on the board putting one past Sting goalie Justin Fazio. But Sarnia would answer back just over a minute later with a goal from Nick Grima, his first of the season.
The third period opened up with the Sting having a 3-1 lead but this is where nail-biting began. Sault Ste Marie would get two quick goals from Keeghan Howdeshell and Hayden Verbeek and the game was all tied up at three. Adam Ruzicka would get the game-winner at 14:04. This was a huge goal for Ruzicka, his 50th career goal and 25th of the season and second of the night. The Greyhounds would pull goalie Matthew Villalta for the extra attacker but that would leave a huge target for Captain Jordan Kyrou and he took advantage, adding the insurance goal at 19:46.
Revenge is sweet for Sarnia after taking losses from the Greyhounds earlier in the season. The Sting still sit second in the league and trail the Soo by 13 points but now the Sting know they can topple the leaders and look to make up more points as they have two more games with the Greyhounds.
Over 4,400 fans lost their voices at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena and with the way the Sting are playing now with a five-game winning streak, it just may be hard to get tickets to see the hottest team in the league. Sarnia now travels to Oshawa to face the Generals on Sunday night, then it is back home on February 3rd for a Saturday night tilt against the London Knights, and you know those games are always intense.