The Sarnia Sting clawed back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to beat the Saginaw Spirit Saturday night, winning their 6th straight game and setting new franchise records for most wins in a season (42) and most points in a season (91).
Travis Konecny led the third period surge for the Sting, tallying four of his game-high five points in the final stanza and reaching the 100 point plateau for this first time in his OHL career. In 60 games played, Konecny’s season total is now up to 101 points (30 goals and 71 assists). For his efforts, the Flyers prospect was named the game’s first star.
Draft-eligible centre Anthony Salinitri opened the scoring for the Sting with his first of two on the night. Zachary Core and Travis Konecny drew the assists.
The Spirit would go on to score 3 unanswered to close out the first period, and add another in the second stanza to make it 4-1 after 40:00. Hayden Hodgson, Will Petschenig, Blake Clarke and Connor Brown each tallied singles for Saginaw.
Travis Konecny kicked off the third period rally, scoring on the powerplay just 2:11 into the final frame. Pavel Zacha and Jakob Chychrun were credited with the assists.
Less than four minutes later, Salinitri banged home his second of the night and 16th of the season to make it a one goal game. Core and Konecny drew helpers.
Midway through the third, Konecny blasted home his 30th goal of the season and 100th point of the year, tying the game up at 4’s. Pavel Zacha and Matt Mistele drew assists on the powerplay marker.
Just over 2:00 later, Jordan Kyrou eluded the defender and beat Evan Cormier on the glove side for the eventual game-winning goal. Anthony Salinitri was awarded an assist.
Jakob Chychrun went on to add an insurance goal on the powerplay, and the Sting skated away with a 6-4 win at the Dow.
Aidan Hughes earned his second win in as many nights, turning aside 23/27 shots.
The Sting close out the Regular Season on Sunday night at the SSEC when the visiting Windsor Spitfires are in town. Prior to puck drop, the Sting will present overage players Sam Studnicka, Matt Mistele and Charlie Graham with their cased jerseys.
Sting set franchise record for wins (42) and points (91)
If the Sting allow less than 3 goals on Sunday, they will beat the franchise record for fewest goals allowed in a season (189)
The Sting PP was 2/4 and the PK was 100% for the second night in a row
The Sting outshot the Spirit 49-27 including 24 shots in the third period alone.