The Sarnia Sting and Kingston Frontenacs rebounded with Sunday victories. Both games in Kingston and Kitchener featured pre-game ceremonies in remembrance of the 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Club who tragically lost their lives outside of Tisdale, Sask. on Friday. The Ontario Hockey League community’s thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, teammates and fans of the Broncos and the entire Humboldt community during this most difficult time.
Here’s a look at Sunday’s OHL Playoff action.
SARNIA 3 – KITCHENER 2 – OT
(Series tied 1-1)
Sean Josling (4) continued his strong playoff performance, scoring 10:10 into overtone on assists from Ryan McGregor and Jonathan Ang as the Sarnia Sting defeated the Kitchener Rangers 3-2 on the road. Sarnia ties up the series at one as goaltender Justin Fazio made 36 saves to backstop his club to its first second round playoff victory since 1997. Franco Sproviero (2) and Drake Rymsha (3) scored other Sarnia goals while Ang had two assists on the night. Riley Damiani (4) and Kole Sherwood (9) scored for the Rangers, with Sherwood tying the game at two a little beyond the midway mark of the third period to force overtime. Mario Culina made 32 saves in the loss for Kitchener. The series shifts to Sarnia all tied up for Game 3 on Tuesday night.
KINGSTON 4 – BARRIE 2
(BAR leads series 2-1)
Los Angeles Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi (6, 7) broke open a 2-2 tie with 8:13 left in the third period before adding an empty netter to lead the Kingston Frontenacs over the visiting Barrie Colts 4-2 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series. Vilardi had two goals and an assist while Jakob Brahaney (2) and Linus Nyman (5) also added markers as the Frontenacs won their first second round playoff game since 1998. Frontenacs netminder Jeremy Helvig was solid in goal, turning aside 28 shots. The Colts came back from down 2-0 to tie things up on power play goals by Russian wingers Andrei Svechnikov (5) and Dmitry Sokolov (7). Both clubs converted on the power play as Kingston went 3-for-7 while Barrie was 2-for-4. The Colts carry a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 on Tuesday night in Kingston.