Anthony Salinitri knows what to expect. The fourth-year forward has played his fair share of games in the Ontario Hockey League. Tonight, in the two-hundredth of his career, Salinitri made sure it was one to remember.
The Sarnia Sting hosted the Windsor Spitfires on Friday. It was a night which saw the Sting take full control of the defending Memorial Cup champions.
Just two minutes into the first period, Salinitri scored his first of the night. With the Sting on the man advantage, Salinitri released a swift shot from between the circles. It flew past Windsor goaltender Brock Baier, and the Sting had a quick 1-0 lead.
The Spitfires scored two of their own in the first, and did hold a 2-1 lead at intermission. But, as usual, the Sting were not overly concerned, and turned the jets on in the second.
In the middle frame, Hugo Leufvenius scored a breakaway goal that brought Sting fans to their feet at The Hive. Leufvenius displayed breakaway speed and pinpoint accuracy to fire a rocket past the Spitfires’ goalie.
Salinitri scored his second of the game with five minutes left in the period. Mr. 200 accepted a perfect pass from Drake Rymsha before burying another one into the cage.
In the third period, things were tight early as Windsor captain Aaron Luchuk tied the game at 3-3. However, surprise surprise, Salinitri was certainly not done yet.
Salinitri recorded the hat trick with his sixth goal in the last four games. Sting captain Jordan Kyrou made a swift pass to set up the big goal.
Jordan Ernst and Kyrou each scored another goal for the Sting in the third. They completed an impressive full-team performance from the Sting. Kyrou had four points on the evening, increasing his OHL-leading 47 for the year.
The final score was 6-3 for Sarnia, still ranked as the number one team in the Canadian Hockey League.
Justin Fazio picked up his league-leading 12th win of the season in goal.
Tonight’s official boxscore can be viewed here.
The Sting are back in action on Sunday evening in Guelph. Sarnia visits the Sleeman Centre for a 6:00 PM matchup with the Storm.
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