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Local roundup: Sting game postponed; Flags, Flyers have makeup dates

Another Sarnia Sting game will have to be rescheduled after Saturday’s trip to Flint was postponed because of the OHL's COVID-19 protocols.

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Sting’s trip to Flint postponed by OHL

Another Sarnia Sting game will have to be rescheduled after Saturday’s trip to Flint was postponed.

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The Ontario Hockey League announced Wednesday the Sting-Firebirds game was postponed indefinitely because of COVID-19 protocols.

The Sting now have six games to be rescheduled. The original dates for the others were: Dec. 29 versus London, Dec. 31 at London, Jan. 2 versus Windsor, Jan. 17 at Erie and Jan. 25 at Kitchener.

The Sting will visit the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday and host the Kitchener Rangers at 2:05 p.m. Sunday at Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Spectators are not permitted.

Capacity limits will increase Monday, Jan. 31, so 500 season-ticket holders will be allowed to watch the Sting host the Saginaw Spirit on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7:05 p.m.

Spectator capacity is scheduled to rise again to 50 per cent on Feb. 21.

PJHL regular season restarts next week

No team will be busier than the Mooretown Flags when the Provincial Junior Hockey League regular season resumes Tuesday, Feb. 1, after being shut down for nearly a month because of the province’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The Flags have 13 games left in their 32-game schedule. They’ve played only 19 games, tied for the fewest in the 58-team junior C league.

The Petrolia Flyers have 10 games left.

The Flags (15-4-0-0) are in third place in the Stobbs Division and the Flyers (4-14-2-2) are in seventh.

The regular season was originally slated to end Sunday, Feb. 13, but it will now finish three weeks later on Sunday, March 6, in order to reschedule all postponed games.

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The Flags will visit the Wheatley Sharks on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and host the Wallaceburg Thunderhawks on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The Flyers will host the Lakeshore Canadiens on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The full schedule is available at thepjhl.ca.

Fulcher in lineup for AHL’s Griffins

Goalie Kaden Fulcher of Brigden was the Grand Rapids Griffins’ backup for Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League.

Fulcher, 23, has spent the season bouncing between the Griffins, the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and the Detroit Red Wings’ taxi squad.

He has a 1.70 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in eight games with the Walleye.

OUA regular season to resume Feb. 9

Ontario University Athletics teams will resume training Monday, Jan. 31, as Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen.

Regular-season schedules are slated to resume Wednesday, Feb. 9. More details on OUA competition and championship dates will be announced.

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association has yet to announce a new start date for its winter schedule.

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