Third Period Win for Sting

December 14, 2015

Written by Carl Chimenti

The Sarnia Sting scored four times in the third period to beat the Flint Firebirds 5-2 Sunday night at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Jordan Kyrou, had a goal and two assists to pace the Sting and was named first star of the game. Jeff King scored what proved to be the winner at 11:08, shorthanded and was awarded the second star. Troy Lajeunesse was the third star after contributing a pair of assists.

The game was close through two periods before the Sting broke it open in the final period. In addition to Kyrou and King, Ryan McGregor, Matt Mistele and Hayden Hodgson also scored for Sarnia.

Justin Fazio stopped 21 of 23 shots. Goaltender Brent Moran who was acquired recently from the Niagara IceDogs was Flintís best player on the ice as he was very busy with 38 saves. Connor Chatham and Stephan Seeger scored for the Firebirds.

The first period featured one goal as the Sting lit the lamp at the mid-way point. Flint fell into penalty trouble in the second period and they suffered offensively with only five shots on goal, but it was the fifth shot that proved good, as Chatham let go a shot from the blue line with only 43 seconds left to tie the game. The goal was unassisted and caromed of the goal post before going in. Sarnia out shot Flint 18-5 and had numerous chances with the man advantage, including a penalty shot that was awarded to Jordan Kyrou.

Despite all the chances Sarnia failed to score. At one point, Flint was called for four straight penalties which gave the Sting a 5 on 3 for 1:38. Early in the period, Anthony Salinitri had the best chance to score for Sarnia. With both teams at even strength, Salinitri received a pass at the side of the net, but his one timer was stopped by Moran.

Mistele put the Sting in front at 5:56 of the third cycling the puck before he threaded the short side was an accurate shot. Kyrou and Franco Sproviero got the assists.

Seeger tied the game, less than three minutes later as he made good following a perfect feed from Connor Sills. King broke the deadlock as Sarnia went ahead for the third time in the game. King scored on a rebound, from a Brandon Lindberg. The shorthanded goal came at 11:08. Kyrou gave the Sting some breathing room with a goal less than two minutes later with Josh Jacobs drawing the assist. Hodgson wrapped up the score with less than a minute to go. His third goal of the season was assisted by Kyrou and Troy Lajeunesse.

Sting Notebook:

  • The win puts the Sting within three points of the division leader, Windsor Spitfires.

  • Winning for the 12th time at home, the Sting tied the London Knights for the third best home record in the Ontario Hockey League.

  • This was the fifth of eight meetings between the two clubs, with Sarnia holding a 2-1-2 record

  • Sarnia will be on the road for the next four games before returning home January 2nd against the London Knights. Sarnia has two games left before Christmas.  Next weekend they go against the Mississauga Steelheads and the Erie Otters.







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