Sting battle Attack in big weekend home and home

Igor Chibrikov of Owen Sound being pursued by Sarnia Sting forward Max Namestnikov. 12 January 2022. (Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting (13-13-3-0) host the Owen Sound Attack (13-13-1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in the first half of a weekend home and home series.

The two teams are separated by two points in Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference after Owen Sound beat Windsor 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night.

The Sting have won three of their past four contests, including a 4-2 victory over London on Sunday.

Sting Head Coach Allan Letang said it’s a huge weekend. He hopes to get revenge against the Attack.

“I know they came in and we didn’t play very well the last time we played them and they ended up beating us 5-0,” said Letang. “I expect our team to respond like we’ve done all year with a way better effort. I think they know the importance of the two points here on Friday and then turn around on Sunday to try and take two more points.”

The two teams match up again at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in Owen Sound.

Letang said it’s certainly been a different experience with no fans in the stands.

“Hopefully soon we can make arrangements to get some of our loyal fans back in there and push forward and enjoy the way hockey is supposed to be played,” he said. “It’s definitely a learning experience. We have filtered in some crowd noise and it takes some of the silence out of the rink. I would say I’m glad we’re playing and I’m sure the kids would say they’re glad they’re playing whether it’s with fans or not.”

As always, you can hear all of the action live with Leigh Cunningham and Patrick DesRochers on 103.9FM and 1070AM CHOK.