WINDSOR, ON – The Sarnia Sting dropped a 6-3 decision to the Memorial Cup hosts on Thursday night at the WFCU Centre. In a game where the Sting were outshot 42-25, Aidan Hughes turned aside 37 shots in the loss.
With the Firebirds idle tonight, the Sting remain in 7th in the Western Conference standings with 58 points.
The two teams exchanged goals in a penalty-plagued opening frame. Top prospect, Gabe Vilardi opened the scoring just 1:10 into the game; capitalizing on the partial break with his 23rd goal of the season.
Overage defenceman, Jeff King potted his career-high 8th of the campaign in the latter stages of the stanza. King took the Ryan McGregor pass in stride and roofed the short-handed tally over the shoulder of Mike DiPietro.
The Spitfires added another early-period goal in the second as Montreal Canadiens’ prospect, Mikhail Sergachev’s point shot found its way through a heap of bodies and into the back of the net. The goal was Sergachev’s 8th of the season.
The Sting would even the score once again at 7:25 of the middle frame; this time from the stick of Jordan Ernst. Sting leading scorer, Jordan Kyrou would pick up the primary assist on the goal; extending his OHL-best point streak to 19 games.
Less than a minute after the Ernst goal, Jeremiah Addison would pot his 22nd of the season on the rebound to give the home side a 3-2 lead heading into the third and final frame.
It was the Sting who would score in the opening moments of the third period. Drake Rymsha’s slapshot would find its way into the top corner and tie the game at 3’s. The powerplay marker came just 0:38 into the period.
Aaron Luchuk gave the Spitfires their fourth lead of the game at 6:33 of the third period. Luchuk was the beneficiary of a strong individual effort by Graham Knott; banging the loose puck into an open cage to make it 4-3.
Logan Brown would create a gap for the Spitfires with his 13th of the season coming on the powerplay at 13:56 before Knott sealed the game with an empty netter.
The Sting are back in action on Saturday night when they take on the Flint Firebirds at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center. The Sting round out a stretch of four games in 6 days with the Spirit in town on Monday afternoon for the annual Family Day Game, presented by RBC. Kids tickets are just $6 and kids are encouraged to stick around after the game for an open skate with the team. RBC will be providing complimentary hot chocolate and signature cards for those who take part in the skate.
- The Sting were 1/2 with the man advantage. Windsor was 1/6
- Jeff King posted a goal and an assist in the game. That’s his third consecutive multi-point game.
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