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Sting Win in Windsor

january 26, 2015


By DAVE BORODY

 

WINDSOR – When Josh Defarias was obtained by the Sarnia Sting at the OHL trade deadline, not too many people paid much attention.

 

It was termed a minor deal as the Sting gave up a seventh round pick to get Defarias from the London Knights.

 

But the 17 year-old rookie has paid big dividends for his new team, especially with all the injuries of late.

 

Defarias scored his first two career OHL goals, including the winner in leading the Sting to a much-needed 6-3 win over the Windsor Spitfires, Sunday night in front of 5,447 fans at the WFCU Centre.

 

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Sting.

 

“It feels awesome, one of the best feelings for sure,” said Defarias after the game. “I knew we were short a couple of guys so the coach asked me to move up and play forward. I said sure. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.”

 

Defarias, who likes playing both forward and defence, talked about the trade to the Sting.

 

“It was a last minute thing. I got the call minutes before the deadline. I couldn’t be more excited coming to Sarnia.”

 

He was named the game’s first star.

 

Sting head coach Trevor Letowski was happy for Defarias.

 

“He had a great night. Josh is low maintenance. He has good speed and good energy. He was excited to get the opportunity tonight and made the most of it. He went out and did the job and is a pleasure to coach.”

 

Defarias described his two goals.

 

“The first one I was skating through the neutral zone and saw that their guy was going to make a cross-ice pass. I was able to intercept it, skated in alone and found the back of the net on the blocker side."

 

“The second one I was going hard to the net. (Stephen) Pierog threw it out front and he put it right on my stick. I just saw the open corner and let it go.”

 

Defarias said the win was important for the team.

 

“It was a big game in the standings as things are really tight. We definitely needed the two points.”

 

Letowski agreed.

 

“Those were two big points. We were short-staffed again and it was our third game in three nights. It wasn’t real pretty, but we kept grinding away. We had a terrible start, but showed some good push back after that.”

 

He added, “Our penalty-killing was excellent tonight, (Windsor was zero-for-five). We had some big kills at key points in the game. Then there was Taylor Dupuis in goal. He was the man tonight. He’s a leader on our team and he showed it with his performance.”

 

Windsor held a 44-28 edge in shots on goal.

 

The opening five minutes of the game belonged to Dupuis who made several point blank saves to keep the game scoreless.

 

Sarnia jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 6:24 of period one. Defarias intercepted a pass at center ice, skated in alone and snapped a quick shot past goalie Brendan Johnston. It was his first goal as a member of the Sting and the first of his OHL career.

 

Anthony Salinitri of the Sting delighted family and friends, (Windsor native), with Sarnia’s second goal at 17:29 when his wrist shot found the top corner of the net. Zachary Core drew the lone assist on Salinitri’s fourth goal of the year and third since joining the Sting in a trade with Sault Ste. Marie.

 

Windsor cut the lead in half at 18:53 when they pounced on a Sting turnover as Trevor Murphy fired a wrist shot past Dupuis.

 

Alex Renaud continued his fine play of late for the Sting when he increased the lead to 3-1 at 5:04 as he backhanded home a rebound off a Jakob Chychrun shot. It was Renaud’s ninth goal and third in as many games.

 

But the Spitfires closed the gap to 3-2 at 14:34 when Jamie Lewis scored on a breakaway.

 

The Sting broke open the game with two quick goals to start the third period.

 

Defarias got his second of the game at 3:39 when he finished off a nice centering pass from Pierog. Then it was a nice individual effort by Pierog on a wraparound goal for his ninth of the year. to widen the gap

 

After Windsor’s Logan Brown made it 5-3 at 11:41, Daniel Nikandrov of the Sting scored Sarnia’s sixth goal into an open net with 15 seconds remaining.

 

The Sting will remain on the road for a pair of games this weekend as they travel to Ottawa Friday night to battle the 67s and then take on the Kingston Frontenacs Saturday night.

 

Sarnia’s next home game is not until Feb. 5th when they host the Kitchener Rangers at 7:05 p.m. at the RBC Centre.

 

Tickets for all remaining Sting home games are on sale daily at the RBC Centre Box Office, by calling 519-541-1717 or going online at Sarniasting.com

 

Sarnia has 11 home games left before playoffs.

 

  • Defarias was first star with Dupuis second star and Murphy of Windsor third star. Murphy was given a match penalty after Sarnia’s sixth goal for punching a Sting player on the bench.

  • Not dressed for the Sting were Justin Fazio, Noah Bushnell, Pavel Zacha, Patrick White, Connor Schlichting and Nikita Korostelev. With no junior B players available, Sarnia played with 16 skaters, two under the limit.

  • Sarnia’s overall record improved to 23-17-4-2 and their road record to 10-11-2-0.

  • The win also avenged Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss at home to Windsor.

 

 


 

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