Drake Rymsha celebrates a goal during the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Metcalfe Photography)

Rymsha Goes Natural, But Sting Lose 7-6 to Saginaw

Drake Rymsha scored a natural hat trick, but the Sarnia Sting let a big lead melt away.

Six unanswered goals for the Sting weren’t enough as the Saginaw Spirit scored six straight of their own, forced overtime, then beat the Sting 7-6 in the extra period.

Anthony Salintri wasted no time getting the puck into the net, scoring the first goal for Sarnia at 32 seconds into the first. Rymsha then scores three in a row throughout the rest of the period, the first coming at 9:03, the second less than three minutes later and the third with 91 seconds left in the frame to complete the hat trick.

Hugo Leufvenius extended the Sting’s lead to 5-0 when he found the net at 2:42 into the middle period. Franco Sproviero got into the act later in the frame to make it 6-0 Sarnia. However, Saginaw squeezed two goals in before the second intermission, from D.J. Busdeker and Duncan Penman.

Saginaw’s spirit was high as they scored four unanswered goals in the third period. Blade Jenkins scored his 12th goal of the year at 5:57. Ryan Stepien’s goal brought the Spirit closer with a goal at 14:14, and Brady Gilmour followed suit just 12 seconds later. Damien Giroux scored the tying goal to force the overtime period.

Cole Coskey completed the comeback with the overtime empty-net winner at 37 seconds left in the overtime period.

Cameron Lamour came into the game for Evan Cormier in the first period and stopped 20 shots out of 23 in goal for Saginaw. Cormier had six saves before being pulled. Justin Fazio had 34 saves for the Sting.

The Sting host the Oshawa Generals Sunday afternoon.