Phibbs and Littlejohn Each Score in Sunday Setback to Sarnia
Sarnia, Ont. – The Sarnia Sting continued their franchise-best start, extending their winning-streak to 13-consecutive games with a 6-2 victory over Flint on Sunday afternoon. Jack Phibbs and Ryan Littlejohn each scored for the Firebirds in the third-of-three games on the weekend.
Sarnia started the scoring at 6:20 of the opening frame. From in-front of the penalty boxes, Hugo Leufvenius head-manned a puck to Sean Josling at the Firebirds’ blue line to force a two-on-one. Josling dished it to Ryan McGregor before McGregor slid it quickly back. Josling one-timed the puck past Forrest to earn Sarnia the early lead.
Josling scored his second of the game 2:43 later when McGregor picked up a loose puck in the left corner of the Firebirds’ zone. McGregor found Josling backdoor, that Firebirds’ goaltender Garrett Forrest initially got a piece of, but the puck bounced in at 9:03. Identical to the first goal, Leufvenius was also credited with an assist.
Drake Rymsha would earn Sarnia a three-goal lead after he converted on a backdoor pass at 10:20 of the second period. Then, 1:40 later, a Sarnia shot deflected off a Firebird’ shin-pad right to the stick of Kyrou, who tapped the puck into a gaping net.
Flint’s Jack Phibbs put the Firebirds on the board when he found the back-of-the-net from the slot, one-timing a pass on one-knee from Ryan Littlejohn with 7:39 remaining in the second period.
Sarnia regained their four-goal advantage on a three-on-one at 19:05 of the middle frame. While Josling was skating up the left-wing on a two-on-one, Jordan Ernst’s penalty expired allowing him to join the rush. Josling dished it back to Ernst who ripped a slapshot past Forrest with 55 seconds left in the period.
Ryan Littlejohn brought the game within three, 1:50 into the third period. Kyle Harris earned his first-career OHL point, centering the puck to Littlejohn after a wrap-around attempt. Littlejohn scored top-shelf with 17:36 left in the game.
Ruzicka finished the scoring off for Sarnia wth 5:41 remaining in the game, converting on a pass in front from Kyrou out of the corner.
Sarnia was two-for-five on the power-play while Flint was scoreless on six chances. Sarnia won 48 face-off draws compared to the Firebirds’ 25.
The Firebirds will head to Saginaw this Wednesday, Nov. 1 for the first game of the I-75 Divide Cup, presented by Coors Light. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Dow Event Center.
The Firebirds will return home this Friday, Nov 3rd, for Mickey Redmond Night. Fans can meet and greet the former Detroit Red Wing, Hall-of-Famer and current analyst on Fox Sports Detroit. The First 2,000 fans through the door will receive a free Mickey Redmond autograph card.
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