The Sarnia Sting improved to 2-0-0-0 on the season after knocking off the visiting Owen Sound Attack by a score of 3-2 on Friday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
It was a tight affair from start to finish, with the Sting rallying in the third to secure the two points. Justin Fazio was stellar in goal once again for the home side, turning away 31 of 33 shots faced while collecting first star honours in the process.
Bradley Van Schubert went the distance in goal for the Attack – making 27 saves on the night and skating away with the loss.
For the second straight game, the Sting got on the board first, and this time it was the Mokena Illinois product Jordan Ernst with the tally. The goal was Ernst’s first as a member of the Sting, and first of his OHL career. 2016 third round draft pick, Brady Hinz and Troy Lajeunesse drew the assists.
And just like opening night, the opposition responded within the minute of the Sting’s first goal. Matthew Struthers was awarded the goal while Nick Pryce drew the assist.
Nick Suzuki would make it 2-1 for the Attack with just 0:18 remaining in the second frame and take a 2-1 lead into the intermission.
The home-side came out with their feet beneath them in the final stanza; firing 11 shots on goal in the period. Just over 3 minutes into the period, Jeff King banged the equalizer into an open cage. Troy Lajeunesse was credited with the assist.
Less than 2 minutes after the tying goal, the rookie, Brady Hinz scored the first of his OHL career and the eventual game-winning goal. Jordan Ernst and Sean Josling each picked up an assist on the marker.
The Sting weathered the storm for the remaining 15 minutes of the game, thanks to a couple of substantial saves by Sarnia-native, Justin Fazio. The club was able to kill-off a penalty in the latter stages of the game to secure the win and remain atop the OHL standings.
The Sting are not back in action until next Friday, September 30th when Sasha Chmelevski and the Ottawa 67’s make their way to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Before that, the Sting will visit the Point Edward Arena on Tuesday night for the first installment of the 2016-17 Scotiabank/ Badder Bus Community Tour. The event will run from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
- Justin Fazio was named the game’s first star while Jordan Ernst was handed the second star, and Owen Sound’s Nick Suzuki the third.
- Both Jordan Ernst and Brady Hinz tallied a goal and an assist in Friday’s game. The goal was the first of each of their OHL careers.
- Troy Lajeunesse recorded two assists on the night
- The Sting were 1/5 with the man-advantage while the Attack capitalized on one of their two opportunities