Sting drop to North Bay as road trip begins

The Sarnia Sting had their 3 game win streak snapped by the North Bay Battalion on Thursday night at the Memorial Gardens. The Sting, who currently sit four points back of the Kitchener Rangers for 6th in the Western Conference, are now 24-19-5-1 on the season.

This evening’s game was the first of three in as many nights for the Sting as they travel to Sudbury on Friday to face the Wolves before ending their Northern road swing in Barrie on Saturday. The Sting were without team captain, Kevin Spinozzi (suspension) and starting goaltender, Justin Fazio (injury) in North Bay; and will be for the remainder of the road trip.

Despite building a two-goal lead twice in this contest, the Sting were unable to tame the Battalion Attack, surrendering 7 goals on 43 shots attempts. Rookie call-up, Blair Coffin made 36 saves in this, his 2nd career Ontario Hockey League game.

Adam Ruzicka opened the scoring for the Sting with a powerplay goal at 2:20 of the first period. The draft-eligible centre controlled the Jordan Ernst pass before beating Brent Moran from the slot for his 15th of the season.

Just moments after the Ruzicka goal, Sarnia-native Franco Sproviero potted his 9th of the season to give the Sting a 2-0 lead. Free Agent signing, Sean Josling feathered a pass to Sproviero who made no mistake off the rush. Sproviero has 4 goals in his last 6 games.

Daniil Vertiy would get the Battalion on the board with his 10th of the season to round out the first period scoring.

Vertiy would register his second of the night just 1:44 into the second stanza to tie the game at 2 apiece. Steve Harland and Brett McKenzie drew the assists.

Less than a minute later, Adam Ruzicka would reply with his second of the game and sixteenth of the season to give the Sting a 3-2 lead. Anthony Salinitri was credited with the lone assist.

Jordan Kyrou would extend his point streak to 13 games with his 21st goal of the season at 3:52 of the second period. The goal gave the Sting their second two-goal lead of the night and Kyrou his 150th career OHL point.

Before the end of the second period the Battalion would tie the game 4-4 with goals coming from Kyle Potts and Adam Thilander.

The game would remain tied until the midway point of the third when Canucks’ prospect, Brett McKenzie capitalized on a giveaway at the Sting blue line and beat Coffin over the shoulder. McKenzie’s 23rd of the season would be the eventual game-winning goals with Poirier and Brazeau rounding out the scoring for the home side.

STING NOTES:

  • The Sting were 1/2 with the man-advantage. North Bay was 2/5
  • The Sting were outshot 43-36 in the contest
  • Jordan Ernst had 2 assists in the game. That’s his fourth multi-point game of the season
  • Ruzicka broke a 7-game goalless drought with two tonight

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