It was a bounce back game for the Sting as they torched the OHL leading Soo Greyhounds by a score of 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. A near-capacity crowd of 4,085 – as well as a national audience – were treated to a high paced affair from start to finish that featured a total of ten goals.
With the win, the Sting improve to 22-18-5-1 on the year and are now just four points back of the Kitchener Rangers for 6th in the OHL’s Western Conference. The Sting picked up four of a possible six points on the week, earning wins against the top two teams in the OHL (London & Sault Ste. Marie). In the last eight days, the Sting have managed to defeat three of the top ten teams in the entire Canadian Hockey League.
Anthony Salinitri opened the scoring at 4:53 of the first period with his 18th of the season. Jeff King was credited with the lone assist on the short-handed marker that came off the rush.
Linemates Jaden Lindo and Franco Sproviero rounded out the first period scoring for the Sting to give the club a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Sting picked up where they left off in the second stanza, scoring twice more before the midway point of the period. First, it was Jaden Lindo who notched his second of the night on a shot that deflected off a Sault Ste. Marie defender. Then, newly acquired centre, Drake Rymsha found Jordan Kyrou in front to make it 5-0 for the home side. The goal extended Kyrou’s point streak to 10 games. He now has 56 points on the season and a new career-high in the goal column.
Tim Gettinger spoiled Fazio’s shutout bid at 16:48 of the middle frame with his 22nd of the season. The Sting took a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.
Franco Sproviero potted his second of the night on a short-handed breakaway to give the Sting a 6-1 lead with 11:01 remaining in the game.
Drake Rymsha would pick up his second point of the game with a powerplay goal to make it 7-1 in favor of the Sting. Rymsha now has 6 points in 6 games since joining the Sting.
Verbeek and Speers each added singles for the Greyhounds as they were unable to surmount a comeback and ultimately dropped the decision by a margiun of 7-3.
The Sting are back in action on Friday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena when they play host to the visiting Flint Firebirds. Then, on Sunday afternoon, the Sting do battle against the Saginaw Spirit on home ice at 2:05 PM.
- The shots on goal were 35-34 in favor of the Greyhounds. Fazio made 32 saves in the win.
- Anthony Salinitri and Drake Rymsha both had a goal and an assist in the contest.
- Jeff King registered 3 assists and was a +4 on the day.
- Rookie forward, Sean Josling had two assists in the win.