Monday Morning Buzz | Sting Soar to First Place in OHL
The Sarnia Sting had a busy three-in-three weekend. Busy scoring goals, that is. Sarnia outscored their opponents 17-4 over three games in what was one of the more dominant weekends the team has had in recent memory.
On Friday night, the Sting hosted the Mississauga Steelheads. From beginning to end, Sarnia was in total control. Through one period the Sting were ahead only 2-0, but exploded for six goals across the remainder of the game.
Jordan Kyrou finished the game with a goal and three assists; Brady Hinz had a goal and two assists; and Hugo Leufvenius had a goal and two assists.
Sarnia took the game by a final score of 8-1. Catch highlights of the game in the video below.
On Saturday evening, the Guelph Storm paid a visit to Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Much like the Steelheads the night prior, the Storm didn’t have a great time.
Franco Sproviero had a huge night for the Sting. Sproviero scored two outstanding shorthanded goals and also mixed in an assist. The hometown native of Sarnia has been stellar on the penalty kill to start the season. Check out his spinning shorthanded goal below.
WATCH THIS: Spin-O-Rama Sproviero scores shorthanded!
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) October 15, 2017
Cameron Hough scored his first OHL goal and also had a spirited fight with Guelph defenceman Mark Woolley. For Hough, it was certainly a memorable night.
Sarnia took victory over the Storm by a score of 6-1.
On Sunday, the Sting looked to finish out their weekend with a win against the Windsor Spitfires, and once again proved victorious. It was much closer than the previous night, with Sarnia taking this one by a score of 3-2. However, it was a game controlled by the Sting for the majority of the afternoon.
Brady Hinz had another big game for the Sting, scoring his eighth and ninth goals of the season. They moved Hinz up to second in league goal-scoring. Aidan Hughes was tremendous in goal, making big-time saves throughout the game. Take a look at a real pretty passing play between Sean Josling and Leufvenius that was finished off by Hinz.
— Sarnia Sting (@StingHockey) October 15, 2017
The three-win weekend could not have gone much better, and it vaulted the Sting into first place in the Ontario Hockey League.
Ryan McGregor spoke with YourTV Cogeco’s Terry Doyle about his summer, his experience being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and what he’s looking forward to this season.
On the Maple Leafs:
“I was lucky enough to be drafted by Toronto and I was training all summer with some of their other players and their staff. It was really cool. I’d go to the Mastercard Centre every morning, every day, work out, skate, so it was a really cool routine. It was Monday to Friday and Thursdays we would scrimmage. Couldn’t be any more thankful for that.”
On where he was when he was drafted:
“I was at my house. We had a bit of a draft party and I got a call from [Maple Leafs assistant general manager] Mark Hunter who told me I was drafted. You never really know what’s going to happen. Guys could go in the third [round] or they could go undrafted. I stayed home in Burlington and I got to spend the night with my friends. It was awesome.”
On what he knows now that he might not have before being drafted:
“When I was skating with the Leafs, Patrick Marleau was on my team. He was a guy I tried to watch a lot. I picked up some little things from him – just taking guys’ sticks, little things like that. [Head coach] Mike Babcock was really good trying to teach us some stuff. I loved every second of it.”
Hayden Hodgson signed an AHL contract with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Brent Sullivan served as head coach for the CIS Ottawa Gee-Gees this weekend.
Peter Di Salvo has joined the SPHL Fayetteville Marksmen.
Sting Stats & Team Leaders
Points: Adam Ruzicka (15)
Goals: Brady Hinz (9)
Assists: Jordan Kyrou (10)
Plus/Minus: Theo Calvas (+16)
Shots on Goal: Adam Ruzicka (43)
Penalty Minutes: Theo Calvas (20)
The Sting face another challenging three-in-three this week.
On Thursday, Sarnia will hit the road to North Bay. The Battalion have a 3-3-2 record this season. North Bay is led by Cam Dineen on the back end and Luke Burghardt up front. Justin Brazeau and Adam McMaster have also got off to solid starts for the Troops.
The next night, Sarnia will be in Sudbury for a Friday night matchup with the Wolves. Dmitry Sokolov is an offensive force for Sudbury, whose rosters also boasts former Sting forward Troy Lajeunesse.
To complete the three-game weekend, the Sting will make a stop in Barrie on Saturday evening. In their first matchup of the season, the Sting took down the Colts by a score of 4-1. It should be an exciting rematch at the Barrie Molson Centre.
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