Schwindt’s Shoot-Out Goal Caps A Perfect Weekend As Sarnia Beats Windsor 4-3
By Carl Chimenti
What a glorious weekend. After beating Windsor on the road Thursday night and Ottawa at home Friday night, the Sarnia Sting capped of a perfect weekend beating the Windsor Spitfires 4-3 in a shoot-out, Sunday night, before 4,007 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
The win puts Sarnia ahead of the Flint Firebirds in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
In the season finale against the Spitfires, Kai Schwindt (Florida Panthers) scored the shoot-out winner leading Sarnia to their fifth win in six games this season against Windsor. In addition to the shoot-out goal, Schwindt scored once in regulation giving him a career high 13th goal, besting his previous high of 12. For his effort Schwindt was named the third star. Nick Surzycia came up with a brilliant game in net for the Sting, casting away 31 of 34 shots and was the number one star.
Surzycia best save came in the dying moments of the second period when he robbed Sarnia, native Jack Nesbitt with an outstanding skate save. Captain Cooper Way (7th) and Ryan Brown with his 10th of the year scored once for the Sting. Brown also had an assist as part of a two-point night. Easton Wainwright had a pair of assists and Lukas Fischer, Nathan Omeri, and Hughston Hurt pitched in with one helper each.
Ryan Abraham and Cole Davis had a goal and an assist for Windsor. Liam Greentree had two assists and was selected as the second star. The Spitfires out-shot the Sting 34-16, but Sarnia was better in the face-off circle 36-25. The Sting scored the only power-play goal going one for two, while the Spitfires went 0/3 with the man-advantage.
In a fast paced first period that featured very few whistles, Windsor out-shot Sarnia 14-4 and scored the only goal. Davis scored an even strength goal at 7:45 from Greentree.
Surzycia did make a couple of outstanding saves. The first one came early as he flashed some leather with a nice glove save on Carson Woodall and the second came as Greentree was rushing the net and Surzycia was able to locate the puck and make the save. The Sting’s best scoring chance came with Way in the high slot and he was robbed by Spitfire goaltender Donoso.
The second period got heated after a couple of Sting players were injured and that resulted in a series of fights and some nasty play. Despite putting only five shots on net Sarnia scored twice to erase a 2-0 deficit. After Anthony Cristoforo put the Spitfires up by a pair at 7:08 the Sting came back with a vengeance. Schwindt scored the first Sting goal after taking a feed from Omeri, moving around a Spitfire defender with a nice move before letting go a wrist shot that found paydirt. Omeri and Fischer assisted on the goal at 8:38. Sarnia tied the game on a goal from Brown, who was able to win the puck battle out of the corner while moving to the front of the net, his shot caught the top shelf on the far side. Surzycia stopped all but one of the 12 shots he faced.