Sting Make it 3 Straight Wins

October 18, 2015

photos by Metcalfe Photography

The Sarnia Sting scored early and often and rode the stellar goaltending of Justin Fazio to beat the Mississauga Steelheads 4-1, at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre, Sunday night.

Sarnia struck for three first period goals and never looked back.

Troy Lajeunesse scored twice, including his team-high sixth goal of the season to lead the way for the Sting and was named first star of the game. Pavel Zacha, was the second star, scoring the opening goal of the game and Patrick White netted his second of the season, completing the scoring for Sarnia. The third star went to Nikita Korostelev.

Fazio was in great form, as he stopped all but one of the 27 shots he faced.

Nathan Bastian was the lone goal scorer for Mississauga.

Both teams had 27 shots on goal and Mississauga had the only power play goal, going 1 for 8 with the man advantage. Sarnia failed to score on four power play chances.

It was Sarnia’s third win in a row and ran their point streak to five straight games. The Sting now sit tied for first place in the West Division, with the Windsor Spitfires.

The first period was all Sarnia, as they outshot Mississauga 13-5 and scoring three times in the process.
The Sting struck early as Zacha converted a pass from Korostelev at 3:14. Zacha’s goal was his third of the season and it was a back hand shot that got by Zanussi.

Sarnia then scored twice in 22 seconds later in the period to break the game wide open.

A nice three way passing play started with Anthony Salinitri feeding Jordan Kyrou, who in turn sent a great pass to Lajeunesse and he made no mistake putting it past Zanussi, for his fifth of the season.
Before the second goal was announced, Sarnia made it 3-0 on a goal from White, who was parked in front.

Mississauga decided to change goaltenders after the third goal, as Jack Flinn replaced starter Cameron Zanussi.

The second period was scoreless. Fazio made three outstanding saves, including an early skate save with the Steelheads on the power play, off the stick of Michael McLeod, from the slot.

Sarnia had to kill of three power play opportunities in the middle frame, as Fazio with some help from his teammates kept Mississauga off the scoreboard. Mississauga managed to out shoot Sarnia 11-8 in the period.

Sarnia was assessed an early minor penalty at 2:51 of the third period, 22 seconds later the Sting increased their lead to 4-0, on an unassisted shorthanded goal from Lajeunesse.

Mississauga broke Fazio’s shut-out bid late in the game as Bastian scored with the Sting two men short.

Sarnia's next game is at home Thursday night (October 22nd) against the Kitchener Rangers before embarking on a four game road trip the next night, in Sault Ste. Marie. 





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