The Sarnia Sting eliminated by the Kitchener Rangers in 6 games in OHL conference semi-final April 15, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography)

Sting Eliminated, Lose 6-2 To Kitchener

A scoring tear by the Kitchener Rangers was too much for the Sarnia Sting.

The Rangers scored five unanswered goals to beat the Sting 6-2 Sunday night in Game 6 of the OHL Western Conference Semifinals, eliminating Sarnia four games to two.

The Sting end a season that had them starting on a tear, winning 15 of their first 16 games. Sarnia completed its season before 4,078 people who defied the bad weather and made their way to Progressive Auto Sales Arena.

Sarnia did score first in the contest, on a goal by Anthony Salinitri at 15:43 in the first period, his third goal of the playoffs. Kitchener then scored two goals to take the lead before the end of the first frame. The equaliser was from Adam Mascherin, the tiebreaker from Greg Meierles.

Meierles extended the Rangers’ lead late in the second period on an insurance goal, making it 3-1 Kitchener after 40 minutes.

Kitchener added two more goals to start the third period. Givani Smith scored at 2:03, while Logan Brown followed almost a minute and a half later. The surge finally ended when Jordan Kyrou scored for the Sting on the power play at 5:27, but Smith got that goal back for Kitchener to seal the win and the series.

Justin Fazio finished his season with 23 saves in goal for the contest. Mario Culina had 37 stops for the Rangers.

Kitchener moves on now to the OHL Western Conference Finals, to take on either Sault Ste. Marie or Owen Sound.