The Sarnia Sting hosted the Ottawa 67’s on Friday night.
It was the league-leading 67’s first visit to Progressive Auto Sales Arena this season. Boasting new trade-deadline acquisitions in their lineup, Ottawa showed why exactly they have already piled up so many wins thus far.
In the first period, the 67’s got off to a hot start. Sam Bitten scored his thirteenth of the campaign just forty-eight seconds it. Lucas Chiodo dished to a trailing Bitten, who shot hard through Sting netminder Cameron Lamour. 1-0.
Minutes later, Ottawa forward Marco Rossi made the game 2-0. But the Sting were maintaining an even pace, and sooner or later they were bound to strike. They did just that.
Sarnia forward Jamieson Rees picked up our first of the night. Rees has been consistently scoring highlight-reel goals of late and tonight was no different. Rees expertly corralled a bobbling puck and wired a laser straight through 67’s goalie Cedric Andree. It was now 2-1.
With five to play in the opening period, Sarnia struck again. This time it was our other usual suspect, Hugo Leufvenius. Leufvenius’s team-leading twenty-fifth tally of the season tied the game at 2-2 after one.
Moving into the second, the 67’s turned on their power.
Tye Felhaber, Chiodo, Graeme Clarke, and Noel Hoefenmayer all scored for Ottawa in the middle frame. Lamour was pulled after Clarke’s tally. Ethan Langevin took over for Sarnia in net. After forty minutes of play and four unanswered goals from the 67’s, the score was 6-2.
In the third period, the 67’s continued to roll. The Ontario Hockey League’s leader in assists, Austen Keating, picked up his fifteenth goal of the season. On an odd-man rush with Rossi, Keating took a one-timer and launched past Langevin.
Felhaber then added his second of the night to make it 8-2. Felhaber has forty-six on the season.
Quinn Yule added a late shorthanded goal for Ottawa to bring the lead up to 9-2. Mitchell Hoelscher followed up to make it 10-2. And that stood as the final score.
The official box score can be viewed here.
We’re back in action tomorrow night in Flint! Puck drop against the Firebirds is 7:00 PM.
NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. OTTERS
Friday, January 18 | 7:05 PM
Progressive Auto Sales Arena
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