Sting roll over Bulldogs for eighth straight win

The Sarnia Sting host the Hamilton Bulldogs. 15 March 2023. (Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting cruised to a 6-0 win over the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday night, Sarnia’s eighth straight win.

Nolan Burke scored a pair of goals in the win — he has 49 on the campaign — Christian Kyrou had a three-point game, and goaltender Ben Gaudreau made 21 saves for his first shutout of the season.

Burke opened the scoring less than two minutes into the first period after collecting a rebound in front of Hamilton’s net. At 8:57, former Bulldog Brendan Anderson put home his third goal of the season to make it 2-0 for the home side. Anderson was acquired by the Sting in a trade early this year.

Sarnia’s Ty Voit potted his 20th goal of the season at 18:16, a power play mark, to make it 3-0 after 20 minutes. Voit has 96 points on the season, second most in the OHL.

The Sting kept coming in the second period with goals from Ryan Mast and Kyrou at 8:30 and 9:39 to make it 5-0. At that time, the BulldogsĀ replaced starting goaltender Matteo Drobac for backup Tristan Malboeuf.

Around the six-minute mark of the third period, Burke once again found a loose puck in front of the Bulldogs’ net before putting home his second goal of the game. The Peterborough native is one goal behind Windsor’s Matthew Maggio for the league-lead in that category. Burke is also just a goal away from becoming the fourth Sting player in franchise history to hit the 50-goal mark.

Sarnia outshot Hamilton 36-21 in the game, en route to the 6-0 victory.

During the postgame press conference, Gaudreau said most of the game was at the other end of the rink.

“It’s definitely almost tougher playing those games where you get 20 shots,” said Gaudreau. “You can’t really get into a groove, so for me, I just tried to keep my eyes going, watching the play at the far end, telling myself to stay in it, almost yelling at myself in my brain. It’s definitely a little bit of a change and something I’ve had to adjust to.”

The Sting have recorded at least a point in 13 straight games and are currently third in the OHL’s Western Conference, six points back of Windsor for top spot in the West division.

Sarnia will look to keep on rolling Friday night in Guelph — coverage on CHOK (103.9 FM/1070 AM) begins at 7 p.m.