Sting Soar Over Spits Backed By Energetic Crowd
By Carl Chimenti
The Sarnia Sting (17-12-4-2) scored four second period goals to overpower the Windsor Spitfires (22-9-3-1) 7-1 in front of a large crowd of 4,113 Friday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
The win snapped a two- game losing streak and pulled Sarnia to with-in six points of the first place Spitfires as they get ready to embark on a four game road trip beginning in Erie against the Otters Sunday afternoon.
SWARM WARNING: The Sting welcomed home both Head Coach Alan Letang and goaltender Ben Gaudreau as World Junior Gold Medalists, as members of Team Canada, following their thrilling 3-2 overtime win in Halifax Thursday night.
Rookie Porter Martone had his first two goal game in the OHL and was named the first star of the game. Marko Sikic and Zach Filak had a goal and two assists. Sikic garnered the second star and Sasha Pastujov (Anaheim Ducks) with a four-point night, that included a pair of goals, was selected as the third star of the game.
Ty Voit (Toronto Maple Leafs) had a goal and an assist while Cooper Way and Christian Kyrou (Dallas Stars) contributed two assists each. Chandler Romeo (Ottawa Senators) and Nolan Burke (Nashville Predators) had one helper each.
Goaltender Nicholas Surzycia was outstanding turning away all but one of the 25 Spitfires shots on goal. Sarnia overall out-shot Windsor 42-25.
Matthew Maggio (New York Islanders) scored the lone goal for Windsor from newly acquired Brett Harrison (Boston Bruins) in the third period. Pastujov scored the final goal of the game at 18:20 following Maggio’s 28th of the year.
Sarnia scored twice in the opening period as they out-shot Windsor 17-8. Martone scored his fifth of the year after receiving a pass from Way at 5:49. The second assist went to Burke. The Sting increased the lead to 2-0 as Pastujov scored off a perfect cross-ice pass at 9:52. Kyrou and Sikic assisted on the goal.
The second period was all Sarnia as they lit the lamp four times on 14 shots. Voit scored his tenth goal of the season at 6:35 to make it 3-0. Voit received a pass from Pastujov from behind the net and he put it past goaltender Mathias Onuska. Sikic scored his fifth of the year to make it 4-0 after getting a pass from Filak and Pastujov at 12:14. Martone scored his second of the night at 12:28 from Way and the fourth goal of the period was scored by Filak his seventh of the season at 14:59 from Sikic and Kyrou