The Sarnia Sting visited the Saginaw Spirit on Friday night.
Sting goaltender Aidan Hughes has wanted this one for a while. Hughes recorded his first career OHL shutout in a 3-0 victory.
For defenceman Mitch Eliot, tonight’s game was also one he’ll remember for a long time.
Having just recently joined the Sting after departing from Michigan State University, Eliot showed a strong nose for the net in his first two OHL games. And this evening, Eliot scored his first career OHL goal. We’ll get back to Eliot in a second, but let’s get things going chronologically.
Sting forward Jonathan Ang scored our first tally of the evening. Just two minutes after the opening faceoff, Ang scored his twenty-first of the season. Linemate Anthony Salinitri swung around the Spirit goal and tossed a reverse pass towards the crease. Drake Rymsha was there to deflect it out front. Ang took a big swing at the puck, and the puck rolled just inches over the goal line. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. Ang’s goal made it 1-0.
Defenceman Kelton Hatcher continued his trend of laying the boom on forwards who keep their head down. Saginaw forward Cole Coskey came in across the blueline looking down at the puck. It qualified as a slight error of judgement – Hatcher tossed all six-foot two, 195 pounds at him and barreled him over.
Hughes made a couple clutch pad saves as the first period clock wound down. Through one, Sarnia led by a goal.
In the second, it was Eliot’s time.
Eliot went top corner on Spirit netminder Evan Cormier for his first goal in a Sting sweater. A total laser into the roof gave the Sting a 2-0 lead.
And in the third period, it was all about Hughes. The London, Ontario native made stop after stop, denying the Spirit on numerous occasions throughout the final frame. Saginaw just couldn’t bury one tonight, and Hughes wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Sting captain Jordan Kyrou sealed the win with an empty net goal. For Kyrou, it was his thirtieth of the season.
Tonight’s official box score can be viewed here.
The Sting return to action tomorrow night against the league-leading Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds! Puck drop is 7:07 PM at the Essar Centre.
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