It was February third, and the Sting’s playoff spot was secured.
As this week’s Saturday Showcase game of the week on Sportsnet and NHL Network, the Sting played in front of a national television audience against the rival London Knights.
The Sting put on a powerful offensive performance.
Playing before a jam packed crowd at Progressive Auto Sales Arena, the Sting cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Knights.
After London scored the game’s opening tally, the Sting replied with five unanswered goals. Drake Rymsha, Anthony Salinitri, Adam Ruzicka, Sean Josling, and Hugo Leufvenius all scored to clinch the win, and with it, a guaranteed playoff position.
Check out Salinitri’s goal below. Set up by captain Jordan Kyrou, Salinitri buried a laser pass from Kyrou to give the Sting a 2-1 lead. Salinitri had four goals across the weekend and is in the midst of his hottest stretch of the year.
It was a particularly notable win for Sting goaltender Justin Fazio. With his twenty-ninth victory of the season, Fazio is now tied for the most wins in a single season by a Sting goaltender. Dan Spence had twenty-nine wins between the pipes during the 2008-2009 season.
The night before, the Sting headed down to Flint, Michigan to face the Firebirds. Though the Firebirds took the win in this one, it surely provided an extra wheel of motivation for Saturday’s dominant win over London.
Going back to Thursday, the Sting made a trip down the road to see the Windsor Spitfires. Defeating the Spits by a final score of 5-3, this night was all Salinitri, all the time. As a Windsor native, Salinitri always comes to play in front of family and friends at the WFCU Centre.
Salinitri had two of his four weekend goals on Thursday night. Naturally, Salinitri reached the milestone of 150 career OHL points on the occasion. A fantastic all-around night for the Salinitris.
The #MMC100 Tour
As part of its trip across Canada, the Memorial Cup was in Sarnia this week. Included among the stops in town was a trip to Bluewater Health. Hey look, it’s Dr. Jean-Paul Davis! Davis won the 1990 Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals.
Sting Stats & Team Leaders
Fazio co-leads the OHL with a .920 save percentage; Kyrou leads the league in assists with 55; Ruzicka co-leads with eight game-winning goals.
- Jordan Kyrou (82)
- Adam Ruzicka, Drake Rymsha (58)
- Adam Ruzicka (31)
- Jordan Kyrou (27)
- Jordan Kyrou (55) (Leads OHL)
- Jonathan Ang (35)
- Theo Calvas (+30)
- Connor Schlichting (+29)
♦ Faceoff Percentage:
- Drake Rymsha (65.6%)
- Adam Ruzicka (58.7%)
♦ Shots on Goal:
- Jordan Ernst (193)
- Adam Ruzicka (190)
♦ Penalty Minutes:
- Theo Calvas (87)
- Jonathan Ang (77)
The Sting look ahead to a third consecutive three-in-three this week.
Starting on Friday night, the Sting visit the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium to face the Rangers. These two teams have only faced off once this season, and it was way back in September for our home opener. Now, with the Sting and Rangers both battling top playoff positioning in the Western conference, this will be a marquee matchup. Kitchener and Sarnia both loaded up at the trade deadline, so expect some real high-caliber hockey in this one.
Returning home to The Hive for Saturday evening, we’ll host the Niagara IceDogs at 7:05 PM. With one of the OHL’s most entertaining games of the season having taken place two weeks ago in St. Catharines, the two sides will once again go head-to-head. This time, we’re defending home ice.
On Sunday afternoon, the Sting complete the weekend with the Sudbury Wolves coming down for their lone visit of the season. We’ve only played each other once this season, a 5-2 Sting victory in Sudbury back in October. The Wolves are 13-32-6-0 on the season, but always bring an edge to each game. Puck drop is 2:05 PM.
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NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. ICEDOGS
Saturday, February 10 | 7:05 PM
Progressive Auto Sales Arena
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