The Sarnia Sting rallied in the third frame to come from behind and down the 67’s by a score of 7-4 on Friday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
Out-shooting their opponents 34-30 in the game, the Sting tallied four goals in the third period to clinch the victory and improve to 3-0-0-0 on the season.
Nikita Korostelev led the way in his first game with the Sting since being reassigned by the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring three times and adding an assist for the home side.
Korostelev opened the scoring just 6:18 into the first period, poking a dead-standing puck over the goal line. Franco Sproviero and Anthony Salinitri were credited with the assists.
Midway through the period, Jaden Lindo would make it 2-0 for the Sting, pouncing on a loose puck in front. Adam Ruzicka picked up the lone helper.
The 67’s would respond before the end of the stanza with Ben Evans getting the first of three consecutive Ottawa goals.
Former Sting forward Sasha Chmelevski would capitalize on a second period powerplay to tie the game before Noel Hoefenmayer gave the 67’s their first lead of the game at 13:28.
Hoefenmayer’s goal was the first of 3 in a four minute span as Korostelev would tie the game up with his second of the night less than 2:00 later. The former London Knight, Drake Rhymsha would restore the 67’s lead before the end of the period, and the visitors would take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
The Sting came out flying in the third period with Filip Helt finding the back of the net at 6:46. The goal was Helt’s first career OHL goal. Midway through the period, Ruzicka would score his very own OHL first, tapping home a rebound at the goal-mouth. Kevin Spinozzi and Nikita Korostelev were awarded the assists.
Both Jordan Kyrou and Nikita Korostelev would add breakaway goals to cap off the night and seal the win for the Sting.
The team heads to Flint Saturday to take on the Firebirds for the first time this season. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and fans can tune in to TV Cogeco to follow the Sting on the road. The Sting are back here in Sarnia on Sunday afternoon, playing host to the Soo Greyhounds in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Quarter-finals. Puck drop is set for 2:05 p.m.
- Korostelev was named the first star after scoring 3 goals and adding an assist.
- Ruzicka and Helt both notched their first career OHL goals on Friday.
- Ruzicka was named the game’s second star.
- The Sting were 1/7 with the man advantage while the 67’s were 2/5