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Spits Down Sting in OT

january 25, 2015


By DAVE PAUL

Though they currently sit in ninth-place and out of a playoff position, the Windsor Spitfires are not playing like a ninth-place team.

The Spits continued their recent roll Saturday night at RBC Centre, collecting their sixth win in their past nine games with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Sting.

And, they were full marks for the victory, outplaying the Sting for large portions of the contest and outshooting the home team 38-24.

In fact, WIndsor was utterly dominating Saturday night's game as the halfway point in the contest approached, leading 2-0 on goals by Jamie Lewis and Cristiano DiGiacinto and heading to a power play.

But a major turning point in the game occurred during that man advantage as the Sting used an aggressive penalty kill to thwart Windsor. Then, as the penalty wound down, Troy Lajeunesse and Alexandre Renaud broke out on a two-on-one, with Lajeunesse passing to Renaud who rifled home a shorthanded goal to put the Sting on the board.

Another key moment came six minutes later when Windsor was awarded a penalty shot. Sting goalie Taylor Dupuis forced Spitfires forward Markus Soberg to fire wide, keeping the score at 2-1.

The Sting were able to apply some pressure in the third and were rewarded, six-and-a-half minutes in, when Hayden Hodgson scored from in-close to tie the game.

Neither team could score for the duration of the third period, but it didn't take long into overtime for the Spitfires to break through, with Logan Brown firing a shot that was deflected and fooled Dupuis, getting past the Sting goalie, just 20 seconds into the extra frame.

Port Lambton's Brendan Johnston, who was battered by the Sting in his first OHL start, earlier this season, was the winning goalie.

The injury-depleted Sting lineup was missing such notables as Pavel Zacha, Nikita Korostelev and Connor Schlichting.

None of those players is expected to be back in the lineup when the Sting travel to Windsor on Sunday to complete the home-and-home weekend series.
 

 

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