The Sarnia Sting added another one to the win column on Friday night, knocking off the Kitchener Rangers by a score of 5-2. With the two points, the Sting have tied the franchise record for most victories in a single season (41 in 02/03) and are just 1 point shy of the single season points record (90).
Rookie forward Ryan McGregor jammed home his 10th and 11th goals of the campaign in the win while Anthony Salinitri (14), Nikita Korostelev (23) and Brandon Lindberg (9) each added singles. Freshman goaltender Aidan Hughes was solid between the pipes for the Sting, turning aside 29 of 31 shots for the win.
The Sting rested key pieces, Travis Konecny, Matt Mistele, Sam Studnicka, Kevin Spinozzi and Charlie Graham tonight, but were still able to pull out the win at the Aud. Justin Fazio, Patrick White and Connor Schlichting were out due to injury.
Having already secured the top seed in the West Division, the Sting added Jacob Stos, Brock Perry and Derrick Johnson for tonight’s road game. Defenceman Derrick Johnson earned his first career OHL assist on the Korostelev goal in his first career OHL game.
Ryan McGregor opened the scoring with a rebound goal at 9:31 of the first period. Jordan Kyrou was credited with the lone assist.
Korostelev would make it 2-0 Sting before the end of the second period, pouncing on a rebound and beating Opilka between the pads. Salinitri and Johnson drew the helpers.
Anthony Salinitri would give the Sting a 3-0 lead at 10:29 of the second period, shoveling home the Zacha feed on the powerplay. Nikita Korostelev was awarded the second assist.
Kitchener would draw within one, getting goals from Darby Llewellyn and Kevin Miller to make it a 3-2 game. With just over 5:00 remaining in the third period, Ryan McGregor fired him the insurance goal, securing the two points for the Sting. Lindberg would add an empty-netter with just seconds remaining on the clock.
The Sting travel to Saginaw on Saturday to take on the Spirit for the last time this season before returning to the SSEC on Sunday night for their Regular Season finale against the Windsor Spitfires.
With Owen Sound beating the Storm earlier tonight, it has been confirmed that the Sting will play the Greyhounds in Round One of the OHL Playoffs. The series will get underway on Friday, March 25 at the SSEC. Tickets for game’s 1 and 2 are now available online and at the box office.
Pavel Zacha had 3 assists on the night and was a +3 with 5 SOG
McGregor was named the game’s first star, Salinitri the second, and Llewellyn of the Rangers, third.
The Sting PP was 1/3 while the PK was a perfect 3/3. Sarnia’s PK is now tops in the OHL.