SARNIA, ON – The Sarnia Sting clinched a berth in the 2017 post-season with a 4-2 win over the Memorial Cup host Spitfires in front of a near capacity crowd of 3,836 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Wednesday night.
Justin Fazio earned first star honors; making 41 saves on 43 shots to secure the two points. With the victory, Fazio improved to 23-19-3-1 on the year – one shy of his career-high 24 wins earned last season.
Aaron Luchuk opened the scoring for the Spitfires with his 26th of the season at 4:12 of the first period. The powerplay marker was assisted by Mikhail Sergachev and Jeremy Bracco.
Rookie winger, Sean Josling kicked off a stint of three goals in 50 seconds with his 10th of the season. Josling took the Spinozzi pass off of his back foot and one-timed it through the wickets of Mario Culina. Theo Calvas was credited with the second assist.
Just 0:30 after Josling tied things up, Ryan McGegor tipped home his 14th of the season to give the Sting their first lead of the game.
Hayden McCool rounded out the first period scoring; jumping on a rebound and picking up his 8th of the season. Graham Knott and Jeremiah Addison were credited with the assists.
Anthony Salinitri potted his career-high 26th of the season at 1:36 of the first period to give the Sting a 3-2 lead. The eventual game-winner was assisted by Jaden Lindo and Adam Ruzicka and came at even strength.
The insurance marker was provided by Sean Josling who took a behind-the-back feed from Franco Sproviero and found the twine with a well-placed wrist shot. The goal was Josling’s second of the game and 11th of the season. Jordan Ernst was awarded the secondary assist.
The Sting will close out the regular season on Friday night at the Sleeman Centre when they take on the Guelph Storm.
Although the opponents and game dates have yet to be determined, post-season tickets are now on sale at the Box Office, online here, or by phone at (519) 541-1717.
- The Sting were outshot 43-27 in the contest
- Windsor was 1/2 with the man-advantage. Sarnia was 0/1
- Jordan Kyrou had his point streak halted at 30 games
- Theo Calvas picked up two assists in the game. His first multi-point game as a member of the Sting
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