Sarnia Sting win big in 11-4 contest against Saginaw Spirit

Photo via
Photo via

Matt Mistele scored five goals and Ryan McGregor added a pair and an assist to power the Sarnia Sting to an 11-4 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Monday afternoon. Sarnia had nine players with multiple points in their biggest goal production of the season, before a RBC – Family Day crowd of 4,161 at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.

In addition to Mistele and Mcgregor, Patrick White and Troy Lajeunesse had a goal and an assist each while Devon Paliani had three assists against his former team. Jakob Chychrun, Jordan Kyrou, Pavel Zacha and Sam Studnicka contributed a pair of assists each. Even Sting goaltender Justin Fazio found the score sheet with an assist. Fazio stopped 24 of 28 shots for the win.

Kris Bennett scored twice and Kirill Maksimov had a goal and an assist for Saginaw.

The Sarnia Sting struck in rapid fashion in the first period with five goals, chasing Saginaw goaltender Evan Cormier at the 9:11 mark. Matt Mistele scored the first goal after a nice feed from Sam Studnicka, Devon Paliani also assisted on the goal at 3:27. White made it 2-0 from Anthony Salinitri and Connor Schlichting less than three minutes later. Kevin Spinozzi extended the lead to 3-0, from Ryan McGregor and Jordan Kyrou at 8:33. Sarnia added a power play goal for their fourth marker at 11:08 on Mistele’s second goal of the period, with the assists going to Travis Konecny and Jakob Chychrun.

Lajeunesse scored unassisted at 17:35, to wrap up the period. Sarnia outshot Saginaw 15-4 in the first stanza.

Kris Bennett scored two in a row quickly to start the second period. Saginaw scored again at 4:32, on an unassisted goal from Kirill Maksimov to put them within striking distance at 5-3.

Mistele stopped the comeback with a huge goal at 8:35. It was his third goal of the game and second with the man advantage. Chychrun and Zacha assisted on his 23rd of the campaign. Sarnia went on to score twice more as McGregor lit the lamp from Kyrou at 12:08. Korostelev added the third goal of the period in the last minute as the Sting re-established their five goal lead at 8-3. Lajeunesse and White got credit for the assists.

Mitchell Stephens continued the goal parade, as the Spirit sliced the lead to four with an early goal at 3:55 of the third period. McGregor notched his second goal of the game from Zacha and Jeff King at 10:48 to make it 9-4. It went to 10-4 as Mistele scored his fourth goal at 13:49 from Paliani and Fazio. In a fitting way to wrap up the scoring Mistele tallied his fifth in the final minute.

Sting Notebook:

  • Sarnia scored twice in five chances, while Saginaw went 0/2, with the man advantage.
  • Sarnia, for a second straight game, swept the three star selection in this order, Mistele, McGregor and White.
  • It was the fourth win in a row for Sarnia as they increased their West Division lead to three points over the Windsor Spitfires, who lost in overtime this afternoon to the Peterborough Petes.
  • Sarnia will travel to Saginaw on Wednesday {puck drop 7:05) for the back end of the home and home against the Spirit.

Get the Lambton Shield Daily Brief in your inbox:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.