Sting return from four week break, beat Firebirds 5-3

The Sarnia Sting take on the Flint Firebirds from The Hive. 8 January 2022. (Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting took down the visiting Flint Firebirds 5-3 Saturday night in Sarnia’s first game in nearly a month.

The Sting were outshot 18-11 in the first period and were down 2-0 after 20 minutes of play —  Amadeus Lombardi and Tag Bertuzzi each scored for Flint.

Sarnia would come out strong in the second period, scoring three goals in a span of 40 seconds.  Alexis Daviault got the Sting on the board at 4:39, his first career OHL goal.  Nolan Burke then found the back of the net twice at 4:51 and 5:19.

Firebirds forward Coulson Pitre evened the score at 3-3 at 10:31 of the second.  The Sting responded with a powerplay goal off of the stick of Ryan Mast at 16:14 to make it 4-3.

Sarnia’s Ty Voit added an insurance marker at 11:07 of the third period, and Sting goaltender Ben Gaudreau turned away all 12 Flint shots in the final frame, en route to the 5-3 win.

Saturday night’s game was Sarnia’s first since December 12, a 4-3 loss to the Erie Otters.  The contest also marked the debuts for Sting newcomers Chandler Romeo and Marko Sikic.

“I felt pretty good,” said Romeo.  “I mean, it’s crazy to play right away like that with a new team — I’m still trying to figure out some names and faces.  But after the first few shifts, first period, I really felt comfortable and I think it’s only going to be better.”

Romeo had an assist and a penalty in his Sting debut.

Sikic had four shots and finished with a +1 rating in his first game with Sarnia.

“Came in yesterday, it was a quick turn around, but the boys made it pretty easy.  We came out to a good start, and it was good to get the first game in in a long time, and get the ‘W’.  I felt pretty comfortable out there.”

The Sting are back in action Wednesday night when the club hosts Owen Sound.