The Sarnia Sting fell 5-4 at the hands of the Flint Firebirds on Wednesday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Justin Fazio took the loss in goal for the Sting while Connor Hicks skated away with the win for the Firebirds.
Jake Durham opened the scoring for the Firebirds with his second of the season at 10:37 of the first period.
Lajeunesse responded with his first of two on the night as he slid the puck through the legs of Connor Hicks and into the back of the net. Jordan Kyrou was credited with the lone assist on Lajeunesse’s 10th of the season.
Alex Peters and Everett Clark would each score in the first half of the second stanza for Flint – giving them a 3-1 lead at the midway mark of the period.
With just over 5:00 remaining in the second period, Kevin Spinozzi picked up his 7th goal of the season on the powerplay. Newcomer, Nick Grima picked up his first point as a member of the Sting with an assist on the Spinozzi one-timer.
The two teams were tied 3-3 after 40 minutes with the Firebirds maintaining a 23-18 advantage on the shot clock.
Lajeunesse gave the Sting their first lead of the game at 5:37 of the third period; capitalizing on the Brady Hinz feed and picking up his 11th of the campaign.
Just a minute later, Jalen Smerek tied the game for the Firebirds with his 5th of the season. Before the midway point of the third period, the eventual game-winning goal deflected off of Nicholas Caamano and into the back of the net.
The Sting are back in action on Friday night in Saginaw before returning home to take on the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:05 PM.
- The Sting were 1/3 with the man advantage while the Firebirds were 1/2
- Adam Ruzicka returned from the World Juniors where he scored 1 goal in 5 contests for Team Slovakia
- Grima picked up his first point as a member of the Sting
- Kyrou posted 3 assists and was a +2 in the contest
- Sproviero had an assist in the game and now has points in 4 straight and 5 of his last 6