Early wakeup for Sting

Fazio re­ceives award as CHL goalie of week after post­ing shutout

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS - MARK MALONE mmalone@postmedia.com

The Sar­nia Sting's pre-game meal Wed­nes­day will be break­fast.

They're in Flint for an 11 a.m. face­off against the Fire­birds.

Sting head coach De­rian Hatcher laughed when asked when he last played a morn­ing game.

“At 11?” he said. “Hon­estly, I don't know if I ever have.”

The Fire­birds are ask­ing fans to play “hooky for hockey” and at­tend the team's first-ever school day game.

The Sting planned to hit the road Tues­day night and sleep in Flint.

“For us, it'll just be like an­other road game. I think it's go­ing to af­fect ev­ery­one. Coaches have to wake up, ev­ery­one has to get up early,” Hatcher said, laugh­ing, “so it'll af­fect ev­ery­one.”

Play­ers will be urged to “over-warm up” as they do for af­ter­noon games, he said.

“Warm up ex­tra hard,” Hatcher said. “Ob­vi­ously that'll be the em­pha­sis to make sure we're ready at the start.”

The Sting are on a two-game point streak after a 4-3 over­time loss to the Soo Greyhounds on Fri­day and a 7-0 win over the Owen Sound At­tack on Sun­day.

Sun­day's win ended a three-game los­ing streak. That brief skid came after the Sting had won a team-record 14 con­sec­u­tive games.

“I think when you go through spurts like that, some­times you think it's go­ing to be easy, es­pe­cially when you're scor­ing a lot of goals like we were,” Hatcher said. “I think you think it's go­ing to be easy.

“I think if you look at the way we're play­ing com­pared to last week (in losses at Kingston and Ot­tawa), there's a lot of dif­fer­ences that you would no­tice. Like I said, it's a credit to them. They knew it and they dealt with it.”

The Sting (16-3-1-0) are back atop the overall OHL stand­ings with 33 points, one more than the Greyhounds (15-3-2-0).

The Fire­birds (6-11-2-0) are in the West Divi­sion cel­lar with 14 points, tied with the North Bay Bat­tal­ion for the fewest in the en­tire league. Fazio best in CHL

Justin Fazio of the Sting was named the Cana­dian Hockey League goal­tender of the week Tues­day.

The 20-year-old Sar­nia na­tive was 1-0-1-0 with a 1.98 goals-against av­er­age and .926 save per­cent­age in two starts.

He made 39 saves Sun­day for his first shutout of the sea­son and fifth of his ca­reer.

Fazio owns the team record for ca­reer wins with 67.

He leads the OHL with a .929 save per­cent­age and is tied for first in wins. He has a 12-2-1-0 record and 2.64 GAA.

Rees, Kam­merer re­turn For­ward Jamieson Rees and de­fence­man Colton Kam­merer are back with the Sting after play­ing at the World Un­der-17 Hockey Chal­lenge in Fort St. John and Daw­son Creek, B.C Kam­merer won a sil­ver medal with Canada Red.

“We're ex­cited,” Hatcher said. “We're very happy for them. They both did out­stand­ing. But I'm not go­ing to lie, we're ex­cited to be get­ting them back.”

Kam­merer had one as­sist in six games. Rees had one goal and three as­sists in five games for Canada Black, which placed sev­enth at the eight­team tour­na­ment.

MARK MALONE/THE

Justin Fazio of the Sar­nia Sting is the Cana­dian Hockey League goal­tender of the week.

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