Anthony Salinitri netted a
hat-trick to power the Sarnia Sting to an 8-4 win over the Windsor
Spitfires, at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.
The exhibition win was the third straight for Sarnia, as they swept the home
and home series from the Spits - winning 4-2 in Windsor, Thursday night.
Daniel Nikandrov had a goal and an assist and Alex Renaud pitched in with
Hayden Hodgson, Patrick White, Chase Campbell and Josh DeFarias added the
rest of the goals.
Kaden Fulcher turned in a
good night in net for the Sting with 29 saves on 33 shots.
The first period was fast paced as both teams came ready to play.
A couple of quick penalty calls saw the teams playing four on four in the
first minute of play. Sarnia’s Hayden Hodgson, was called for interference
at the 45 second mark and five seconds later Windsor’s, Bradley Letour went
off for a slash.
Anthony Salinitri opened the scoring for the Sting with a coast to coast
rush. The goal was unassisted at the 9:12 mark.
Windsor tied the game on a power play goal from Cole Carter, following a
wild scramble from in front. The goal came at 17:23. Mikhail Sergachev and
Gabriel Vilardi drew the helpers.
Sarnia managed to go back on top with a goal from Chase Campbell in the
final minute. Campbell received a great pass from Sasha Chmelevski in the
corner and made no mistake. Sarnia out shot Windsor 13-6.
The second period was a wide open affair as both teams lit the lamp three
Patrick White scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal at 3:17 and Windsor
come right back on a goal from Gabriel Vilardi, 16 seconds later.
Anthony Stefano tied the game for the Spitfires at 5:27, but Sarnia answered
back a minute later to go back in front 4-3, on a goal from Nikita
Korostelev. Salinitri and Alex Renaud drew the assist.
The Sting extended their lead at 5-3 as Daniel Nikandrov scored on a back
hand shot from in front. Connor Schlichting and Jacob Chychrun were awarded
Windsor finished the scoring spree at 16:51 on a power play goal from Luke
Kirwan. The Sting had the edge in shots 15-14.
In the third period, Salinitri scored his third goal and sixth of the
pre-season, shorthanded at 6:55 with the lone assist going to Renaud.
The Sting increased their
lead to 7-4 as Josh DeFarias scored from both Nikandrov and Jake O’Donnell.
Sarnia finished off the scoring with an empty net goal at 18:05 off the
stick of Hayden Hodgson.
Windsor was deadly on the power play going 3 for 7.
Sarnia finishes off the pre-season slate on Sunday in Port Huron, Michigan
with a game against the Flint Firebirds.