The Sarnia Sting visited the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday night.
Tonight’s contest completed a three-in-three road trip for the Sting this weekend. After a strong win over the Erie Otters on Saturday, the Sting were set on finishing the weekend in style.
In the first period, the Sting came out early with high energy. Sarnia captain Jordan Kyrou nearly set up linemate Michael Pezzetta, who was driving with speed toward the Bulldogs crease. Pezzetta narrowly missed the setup pass, but it kept the play moving quick.
Not long after, Sting forward Jonathan Ang opened the scoring. Ang picked the pocket of Hamilton forward Will Bitten, who hesitated for just a second on his own blueline. That was all the time Ang needed. Ang went in alone on a breakaway and deked out Bulldogs goalie Kaden Fulcher.
Sting goaltender Justin Fazio starred in his own right. Fazio had an excellent first period, challenging the Bulldogs offense at the top of his crease. Included in Fazio’s first period saves? This beauty right here.
In the second, the Bulldogs tied the game almost instantly. Hamilton forward Brandon Saigeon, who is having himself a remarkable comeback year, scored his twenty-seventh of the campaign. Just forty-eight seconds in, the game was tied 1-1.
Midway through the frame, Kyrou gave the Sting a 2-1 lead. On a four-on-three powerplay advantage, the Sting sent out Kyrou, Pezzeta, Adam Ruzicka, and Cam Dineen. With that dynamic group on the ice, Kyrou capitalized. Dineen ran the point on the triangle and sent it low to Ruzicka, who drilled a pass cross-crease to Kyrou. Staring down an open cage, Kyrou put it home.
Hamilton forward Arthur Kaliyev tied the game once more just before the period ended. Heading to the third, it was 2-2.
In the the final period, the Bulldogs put forward a valiant effort, but Ruzicka wasn’t leaving without a win. Recording career points 100 and 101, Ruzicka scored two third period goals. Now with thirty on the season, Ruzicka has scored ten goals in the last six games.
Fazio turned aside thirty-nine of forty-one shots faced. This season, Fazio has clearly established himself as one of the elite goalies the Canadian Hockey League has to offer.
Tonight’s official boxscore can be viewed here.
The Sting return to action with another three-in-three next weekend. Road trips to Windsor and Flint start us off on Thursday and Friday. We’ll see you at The Hive on Saturday when we take on the London Knights in another installment of the Battle of the 402!
NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. KNIGHTS
Saturday, February 3 | 3:30 PM
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