The Sarnia Sting visited the Kitchener Rangers on Tuesday night. For the second consecutive Tuesday, it was a massive Western conference matchup at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
In what turned out to be a chippy midweek matchup, both sides engaged in a very physical game. To their credit, Rangers goaltender Mario Culina and Sting netminder Justin Fazio were unfazed. The two veteran goalies turned aside shots from all angles throughout the evening.
Rangers forward Adam Liska opened the scoring. A shot from linemate Greg Meireles hit Liska in front, bouncing through the wickets of Fazio. 1-0.
Sting captain Jordan Kyrou came back with the answer. Sporting a fresh fishbowl helmet after taking a hard hit on Sunday against Owen Sound, Kyrou continue to perform just swimmingly. Defenceman Cam Dineen put the puck on net with a hard point shot, and it deflected to the right side of Culina. Kyrou was right there, and immediately wristed the puck home. Tie game.
In the second period, Sting forward Jonathan Ang continued his torrid pace of late. Ang scored his twenty-fifth of the season on a shorthanded marker. Defenceman Nick Grima collected a weak zone clearing attempt by the Rangers. Grima sent the puck low to overage forward Jordan Ernst, who promptly dished to Ang. 2-1.
The Rangers scored a quick pair to round out the second. Kitchener forwards Givani Smith and Connor Bunnaman each put one on the board for the home side.
Just before the buzzer, Smith and Sting defenceman Kelton Hatcher dropped the mitts in a quick scrap.
Heading into the third, the Rangers held a 3-2 lead.
In the final frame, Kitchener forward Rickard Hugg gave the Rangers a two-goal cushion. Nick McHugh sealed the victory for the Blueshirts, popping an empty-netter with two minutes to go.
Fazio made forty-two saves for the Sting on forty-six shots faced in tonight’s loss. For Fazio, the game did see another milestone achieved. Fazio surpassed ten thousand career minutes played in the Ontario Hockey League. The entire Sting organization is pretty proud of our Sarnia born-and-raised goaltender.
Tonight’s official boxscore can be viewed here.
The Sting return to action on home ice against the Guelph Storm this Saturday. Puck drop at The Hive will be at 7:05 PM. We’ll see you there!
NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. STORM
Saturday, March 10 | 7:05 PM
Progressive Auto Sales Arena
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