Monday Morning Buzz | Sting Reclaim Top Spot in OHL Standings
It has been four straight weeks for the Sarnia Sting as the number one team in the Canadian Hockey League.
On Wednesday, the Sting visited the Flint Firebirds for the Ontario Hockey League’s annual “School Day Special”. Flint did take the game by a final score of 5-3, but it sparked a fire under the Sting as they headed into the weekend.
On Friday night, the Sting hosted the Windsor Spitfires at Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Though the Spitfires had a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission, coming out of the break, the Sting were in control for the majority of the night. Sarnia forward Anthony Salinitri had a hat-trick in his two-hundredth career OHL game, and the Sting dropped Windsor by a final score of 6-3.
Check out the shot that completed Salinitri’s three-goal performance below.
— Sarnia Sting (@StingHockey) November 18, 2017
On Sunday, the Sting wrapped up their weekend by stopping in to see the Guelph Storm at the Sleeman Centre. This was a see-saw game all evening long. Back and forth they went, 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, before the Sting won 4-3 in overtime. Adam Ruzicka had two goals, including the overtime winner.
WATCH THE WINNER | @ARuzicka21 with his second of the game, this one the overtime clincher! Sting up to 18 wins on the season!
— Sarnia Sting (@StingHockey) November 20, 2017
Anthony Salinitri spoke following his two-hundredth game on Friday, a 6-3 win over Windsor.
On the hat-trick:
“It felt good. My linemates did a really good job tonight finding me. We did a lot of the little things right. We were playing hard, we were playing fast, we were playing our game, and things worked out for me.”
On the team’s recent success:
“We’re playing well. [Coach Derian Hatcher] is stressing to do the little things right, get pucks in, get pucks out, no turnovers. Backcheck hard, forecheck hard. We’ve been doing that. We’ve all played together so we know each other.”
On playing 200 games in the OHL:
“It doesn’t feel like I’ve played 200 games. It felt like last year I was still playing for the Soo and just drafted. Time goes by quick. You just have to enjoy every game and play your hardest.”
Sting Stats & Team Leaders
Justin Fazio leads the OHL in wins (14) and save percentage (0.926).
- Jordan Kyrou (47) (Leads OHL)
- Adam Ruzicka (33)
- Jordan Kyrou (18)
- Adam Ruzicka (16)
- Jordan Kyrou (29) (Leads OHL)
- Drake Rymsha (19)
- Theo Calvas (+24) (Leads OHL)
- Connor Schlichting (+20)
♦ Faceoff Percentage:
- Drake Rymsha (65.9%)
- Adam Ruzicka (58.3%)
♦ Shots on Goal:
- Adam Ruzicka (98)
- Jordan Ernst (84)
♦ Penalty Minutes:
- Theo Calvas (42)
- Connor Schlichting (34)
The Sting are looking forward to another busy weekend of November hockey.
On Wednesday, your Sarnia Sting host the London Knights right here at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
On Saturday, the Sting head out on a mini road-trip. Sarnia makes their first stop on Friday night in Mississauga to face the Steelheads.
To complete the weekend, the Sting will travel across the border to play the Erie Otters on Saturday night.
NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. KNIGHTS
Wednesday, November 22 | 7:05
Progressive Auto Sales Arena
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