The Sarnia Sting visited the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday night.
It was the final regular season game for both teams. Seeking home ice advantage with a win and some conference movement, the Attack iced their top roster. With playoff positioning already secured, the Sting rested star players Cam Dineen, Justin Fazio, Jordan Kyrou, Adam Ruzicka, Connor Schlichting, and Franco Sproviero.
Despite some differences on the lineup sheet, there was a hockey game to be played. Let’s get into the action.
In the first period, the Attack took an early 1-0 lead. Owen Sound defenceman Brady Lyle sent a slapshot past Sting goaltender Aidan Hughes.
Sting defenceman Theo Calvas dropped the mitts with Owen Sound forward Jonah Gadjovich. The two veteran OHLers chucked some knuckles and each took their respective five minute majors for fighting.
Attack forwards Brett McKenzie and Nick Suzuki also scored in the first. Through one period of play at the Bayshore, Owen Sound held a 3-0 lead.
In the second, Sting forward Michael Pezzetta brought the visitors within two. Attack goalie Olivier Lafreniere was caught outside his crease, and Pezzetta sent a long shot in on goal. Finding twine, it was a 3-1 game on Pezzetta’s twenty-third of the campaign.
Owen Sound forward Daylon Groulx added a single, and Jackson Doherty added a couple more for the home side. After two periods, it was 6-1.
In the final frame, the Sting made things interesting. Rookie forward Brayden Guy scored a pair, putting up his seventh and eighth goals of the season.
Sting forward Ryan McGregor also scored in the third for Sarnia. McGregor blocked a shot standing up just inside the Sting blueline. The puck bounced off his shins pads and up ice. McGregor hunted it down, and was stopped on the first effort, but hung with it and potted the rebound.
Attack forwards McKenzie and Suzuki each added another for the home squad. Aidan Dudas rounded things out. Owen Sound took this evening’s contest by a final score of 9-4.
Hughes stopped an astounding 47 of 56 shots faced between the pipes for the Sting.
Tonight’s official box score can be viewed here.
That’ll do it for the regular season – we’ll see you at The Hive on Friday for Game 1 of the 2018 OHL Playoffs!
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Game 1: Friday, March 23 vs. TBD
Game 2: Saturday, March 24 vs. TBD