Sarnia Spitfires fall to Soo Greyhounds on Wednesday

6-3 loss comes ahead of weekend's games back in Sarnia

The Greyhounds showed their offensive firepower on Wednesday night at the Essar Centre as they topped the Sarnia Sting by a score of 6-3 in Ontario Hockey League action.

The Sting, who have just four regular season games remaining on the docket, are now 29-28-6-1 on the year. The Greyhounds, who are currently ranked #5 in the CHL, improved to 44-16-3-1 with the win.

Justin Fazio was stellar in goal for the Sting, making 34 saves on 39 shots including 13 in the first period alone. Matthew Villalta improved to 23-2-0-0 with the win; making 18 saves in the contest.

Anthony Salinitri opened the scoring for the Sting at 5:06 of the first period with his 24th of the campaign. The former Greyhound was sprung for a breakaway by teammate Ryan McGregor and made no mistake with the backhand move.

Colton White and Morgan Frost would each add singles for the Hounds to give them a 2-1 lead at the break. The shots were 14-8 for the home side through 20 minutes of play.

Jack Kopacka’s 28th of the season would give the Hounds a 3-1 gap at 2:58 of the second period.

The second of four middle period goals came from the stick of Sting sniper, Drake Rymsha who notched his career-high 31st of the season on the powerplay. Jordan Kyrou and Jeff King were awarded the helpers. With the assist, Kyrou extended his OHL-best point streak to 28 games.

Less than a minute later, Bobby MacIntyre would pot a shorthanded goal for the Greyhounds to restore their two goal lead.

However, before the period came to a close, Drake Rymsha would register his second powerplay goal of the night to get the Sting within one through two periods. Rymsha, who was acquired at the deadline by the Sting, has 17 goals in 24 contests with the club and 5 in his last four games.

The Sting pressed for the better part of the third period but were unable to find the back of the net. MacIntyre would pick up his second goal of the game at 16:56 on the powerplay to give the Hounds a two goal cushion before Boris Katchouk added an empty netter to seal it for his club.

The Sarnia Sting will be back on home ice on Friday, when they play host to the visiting Windsor Spitfires who they defeated 4-2 on February 26th in a comeback victory on the road. ZOOperstars! will be in attendance for Friday’s game, as they will be providing intermission entertainment for the fans, brought to you by Fenwick Motors and AG Event Graphics. The puck drops at 7:05 PM on Friday evening.

The final stop on the 2016-17 Scotiabank/ Badder Bus Community Tour is slated for Saturday afternoon at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. With practice running from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, fans can enjoy a skate with the team following the team’s on-ice session.

On Sunday, the Sarnia Sting will host the Owen Sound Attack at Progressive Auto Sales Arena in what will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Attack currently sit 4th in the Western Conference; just 5 points back of the OHL leading Erie Otters. The Home Depot will be in attendance on Sunday afternoon, as they will be giving away toques upon entry, and team posters following the final buzzer. Puck drop is at 2:05 PM.

STING NOTES:

  • The Sting were 2/5 with the man advantage while giving up a short-handed goal
  • The Greyhounds were 1/4 on the powerplay
  • Rymsha extended his goal scoring streak to four games
  • Kyrou extended his point streak to 28 games
  • Jeff King has earned at least one point in 11 of his last 12 games

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