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Sting Rout Spitfires
sunday october 12, 2014


By Dave Paul
 

The Sarnia Sting have not won too many laughers over the past few seasons.

But they got to enjoy one Saturday night at RBC Centre, crushing their division rival, Windsor Spitfires, 9-2.

The victory capped a winning weekend for Sarnia, which had beaten Saginaw, 3-1, at home, on Friday night. It was also Sarnia's third consecutive win, overall, after the Sting opened the season with four straight losses.

As was the case on Friday night vs. Saginaw, the Sting dominated all facets of the game right from the outset. Also like Friday, Sarnia led 2-0 after the first period. Pavel Zacha and Davis Brown scored the Sting goals.

The Sting blew the game open in the second period, scoring six times, to take an 8-0 lead, and chasing goalie Brendan Johnston -- who was making his first OHL start -- from the contest. Nikita Korostelev scored twice while Brown, Kevin Spinozzi, Jordan Kyrou and Alexandre Renaud were the other Sting marksmen.

The Spitfires came close to getting on the scoreboard during a wild sequence, midway through the second period.

First, defenceman Anthony DeAngelo -- returning to the lineup after a two-game suspension -- saved a certain goal by sweeping a puck that had trickled past Sarnia goalie Justin Fazio, off the goal line. Windsor continued to pressure and Fazio eventually lost his stick. After the puck had left the Sting zone, Fazio ventured out of his crease to retrieve the stick in the corner. He had to scramble back into the goal to make a kick save on a shot from centre ice, by a Windsor player attempting to hit the vacated net.

The Spitfires finally did beat Fazio early in the third. Scoring a pair of goals, before Korostelev capped the night by blowing a slap shot past Windsor goalie Alex Fotinos, to complete his hat trick.

Sarnia outshot Windsor in all three periods, and 42-30 overall.

DeAngelo collected three assists while Korostelev and Zacha each finished the game plus-five.

The Sting will hit the road on an eastern Ontario swing next weekend, playing in Peterborough, Oshawa and Belleville.

Post Game interview with Trevor Lewtowski
Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4

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