Home Opener 2017
THE RIVALRY CONTINUES
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Sarnia Sting hockey at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena kicks off against a Western Conference foe in the Kitchener Rangers.
The September 23rd home games against the Rangers will surely feature some new faces for both sides, that, after the two teams split the four-game set this past season. Looking back in time, last year’s head to head match ups between the two featured quite a bit of scoring and a highlight reel goal in game one by Nikita Korostolev which had the OHL buzzing.
2016-17 Season Series | Sarnia vs. Kitchener (2-2)
Game 1: SAR 6 @ KIT 5 (SO) | Oct 7, 2016
The magic displayed by Korostolev was front and center at the Auditorium in Kitchener as the Sting went into the venerable home of the Rangers and skated away with a 6-5 win in a shootout on October 7th. Korostolev added another goal and an assist for a three-point outing, but it was his individual effort spinning off the boards to produce one of the premier goals league wide that had everyone talking. Justin Fazio was also instrumental in the win turning aside 46 Rangers shots, and the game also saw rookie Sean Josling record his first OHL goal, and fellow freshman Brady Hinz chip in with a goal and two assists in the win.
Game 2: KIT 3 SAR 5 | Nov 2, 2016
The two teams were back at it roughly a month later on November 2nd, this time in Sarnia, as the Sting took a 2-0 advantage in the season series with a 5-3 home ice win. Jordan Kyrou got the nod as the game’s first star with a goal and two assists, and Justin Fazio continued his fine play against the Rangers posting his second win of the season against Kitchener with a 25 save outing.
Game 3: KIT 6 SAR 3 | Nov 23, 2017
The second meeting of the month between the two teams was also staged at Progressive Auto Sales Arena on November 23rd with the Rangers prevailing in a 6-3 win. Despite another strong 34 save outing by Justin Fazio, the Rangers built up a 3-0 lead, and used a two goal one assist effort by Philadelphia prospect Connor Bunnaman in securing the win.
Game 4: SAR 4 KIT 8 | Feb 12, 2017
It was back to the Auditorium on February 12th for the final time in 2016-17, as the Rangers evened up the season set with an 8-4 win over the Sting as Kitchener spread the offence around in the victory. The win was built on the strength of a six goal uprising by the Rangers in the second period, with Joseph Garreffa and Greg Meireles producing two goals apiece in the deciding game of the season series between the two.