The Sarnia Sting (9-13-0-0) suffered their fifth loss in a row Sunday, 5-1 to the Flint Firebirds at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
The lone goal for Sarnia came from Jacob LeBlanc midway through the third period and netminder Nick Surzycia saved 15 of 19 shots.
Gavin Hayes and Zacharie Giroux each scored twice for Flint in the win.
Sting Captain Cooper Way said they're 20 games in, and it's going to take some work to turn things around.
"I think one of the things for us is we can't get comfortable," said Way. "I think early on maybe when we had some success we got comfortable and obviously that's hurting us right now. This is a winning culture, this organization, and we're working to turn things around. We can't accept losing. After today, we got to put our work boots on all week and be ready to go every day from here on out."
The loss drops the Sarnia Sting to ninth place in the OHL’s Western Conference.
The Sting are off until Saturday when they visit Saginaw.
Way said the break will give the team a chance to get back on track.
"I think this week will be big for us," said Way. "A couple new guys and we can get to know each other better. That's a big thing cause in situations like these, teams often fall apart and that's one of things you can't do. So we're going to have to do stuff to stick together, try to stay positive around the rink and make it a fun environment. We can hone in on a lot of little details as well as get that work instilled back into us."
You can catch Saturday's game live on CHOK (103.9FM/1070AM) with the pregame at 6:30 p.m.
Sarnia Sting host Flint Firebirds on November 19, 2023. Photo by Metcalfe Photography. Sarnia Sting host Flint Firebirds on November 19, 2023. Photo by Metcalfe Photography. Sarnia Sting host Flint Firebirds on November 19, 2023. Photo by Metcalfe Photography.