The Sarnia Sting visited the London Knights on Sunday afternoon.
It was Teddy Bear Toss day at Budweiser Gardens and both teams put on a show in front of a packed crowd.
In the first period of today’s Battle of The 402, we were scoreless until late. With roughly three minutes remaining, Knights defenceman Adam Boqvist gave the home side a 1-0 lead. Bears flew down onto the ice in celebration. Adding the first period’s remaining time on to the intermission, we headed to the other side of the break down a goal.
After a thirty-four minute rest, the Sting came out firing. Closing out what was technically still the first frame, Sting forward Franco Sproviero tied the game. Sean Josling worked hard behind the Knights’ cage to create space with the puck. Josling then found Sproviero parked in front, and Sproviero ripped the puck past London netminder Joseph Raaymakers. Tie game.
Five minutes after the teams switched sides for the second, Knights forward Liam Foudy scored shorthanded. Foudy took a two-on-one feed from Alex Formenton to give London a 2-1 lead.
Knights forward Josh Nelson added a third a few moments later. Nelson cut in tight on Sting goalie Ethan Langevin and lifted the puck over Langevin’s near shoulder. Through two periods, London was up 3-1.
Moving into the third, the Sting fired back.
Sarnia captain Ryan McGregor brought us within one. Merely seventeen seconds into the final frame, McGregor accepted a break-in pass from linemate Jacob Perreault. McGregor went in alone on Raaymakers before slipping the puck into its home. Perreault couldn’t have hit McGregor with a better pass. 3-2.
It was Sproviero who tied the game. In on a two-on-one with draft-eligible forward Jamieson Rees, Sproviero whipped a one-timer to knot the contest at 3-3. With the goal, Sproviero hit the 100-point milestone for his Ontario Hockey League career. Awesome stuff for our hometown star.
Only a moment or so after we tied it, Knights forward Antonio Stranges put the home team back ahead. When defenceman Evan Bouchard added the insurance marker late in the third, London found themselves taking the victory today. Alec Regula threw in an empty-netter for the Knights. The final score was 6-3.
Langevin was outstanding between the pipes for the Sting, turning aside 36 of 41 shots faced. An official box score can be viewed here.
We return to action on Thursday in Windsor. Game time against the Spitfires is 7:05 PM at the WFCU Centre. And we’ll face them again on Friday night right here at The Hive! Pick up your tickets below!
NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. SPITFIRES
Friday, December 7 | 7:05 PM
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