The Sarnia Sting visited the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday evening.
With these two sides so evenly matched, it came as no surprise to see us bound for overtime in game two of the best-of-seven series.
In the first period, it was all about the physical nature of playoff hockey. Both opponents landed what some called “annihilating” shots. Sting goaltender Justin Fazio and Rangers netminder Mario Culina kept things scoreless.
Moving into the middle frame, Kitchener forward Riley Damiani got the first marker. Damiani’s fourth of the postseason put the Rangers ahead 1-0.
Midway through the second, Sting forward Franco Sproviero tied the game at one apiece. Sproviero received a pass at the top of the crease from linemate Jordan Ernst. Sproviero craftily deflected in his second goal of the playoffs.
In the third, Sting forward Drake Rymsha gave us a 2-1 lead. Rymsha was the finisher of a three-way passing play with Sproviero and Jonathan Ang. With his third of the postseason, Rymsha brought a hush to the Kitchener crowd.
As things go, the Rangers tied it up shortly after. Blueshirts forward Kole Sherwood scored his league-leading ninth of the playoffs. We needed extra time to solve this one.
Has anyone seen Sting forward Sean Josling? Oh, there he is: Josling just scored the overtime winner. Josling’s fourth of the playoffs continued his outstanding postseason performance.
Fazio made an incredible thirty-six saves in tonight’s 3-2 win.
The official box score can be viewed here.
We’ll see you at The Hive for game three on Tuesday night!
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Game 3: Tuesday, April 10 at 7:05 PM
Game 4: Thursday, April 12 at 7:05 PM