The Sarnia Sting visited the Peterborough Petes on Thursday night.
It was Plaid Night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. With the Petes in plaid jerseys, the team was raising money in an effort to support the United Way.
Even with all the plaid, it was tricky to detect a pattern in this game. Turns out, the trend was scoring goals.
Just a minute and eleven seconds in, Connor Schlichting gave the Sting an early 1-0 lead. Schlichting’s point shot had eyes. Might have been deflected, might have not, but either way, Sarnia was rolling right away.
Jordan Ernst fired a rocket of a powerplay goal just a few minutes later. Ernst would make good on a daily double not long after, scoring his second goal in five minutes. It made the game 3-0 for the Sting.
Former Sting forward Nikita Korostelev scored the first of the game for Peterborough with five minutes remaining in the first. All the first period goal scoring wasn’t done there, though.
Hugo Leufvenius scored seconds later on a spin-around wrist shot that flew through Petes goaltender Dylan Wells.
Korostelev and Petes teammate Jonathan Ang scored two more Peterborough goals before the buzzer. It was 4-3 after a wild first period.
In the second, the goal-scoring frenzy continued.
Korostelev scored again, recording the hat-trick. Bobby Dow also scored for Peterborough, and the Petes found themselves with a 5-4 lead.
Momentum seemed to have swung in favour of the Petes, but Sting captain Jordan Kyrou had seen enough of that.
Kyrou scored two goals in a minute to put the Sting up 6-5. His first came after pouncing on a loose puck at the side of the Peterborough net, and the second was resultant of a quick shot off an offensive zone faceoff. Both were powerplay markers.
Heading into the third, it was a one goal game.
Ryan McGregor gave the Sting some padding early in the final frame. The Sting were initially stymied by an excellent Wells save, but McGregor was able to lift the rebound up and over the Peterborough netminder. Call it 7-5.
Justin Fazio shut the door for the remainder of the night, giving the Sting their fourteenth consecutive victory. Fazio picked up his eleventh win of the year.
Tonight’s official boxscore can be seen here.
The Sting are back in action tomorrow night in Kingston. Game time is 7:00 PM at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.
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