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GAME REPORT | Salinitri, Sting Rally Past Spitfires 5-3

 

The Sarnia Sting visited the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday night.

Tonight’s matchup at the WFCU Centre came as the first of another three-in-three for the Sting this weekend.

In the first period, Sting forward Drake Rymsha started things off with a quick rush in on Spitfires goaltender Michael DiPietro. Rymsha sent a high snap shot into the cushion of DiPietro’s left shoulder.

Windsor proceeded to score the first two goals of the period. Spitfires forwards Luka Boka and Daniel D’Amico got them going.

Sting captain Jordan Kyrou got the wheels moving with some swift stickhandling on a few offensive charges. It rubbed off on the rest of the team.

Late in the first, Sarnia forward Adam Ruzicka led a rush into the Spits’ zone with a defender draped all over him. No matter, Ruzicka was able to spin and send a pass in front, where Kyrou hopped on it and sent it past the Windsor goalie.

After one, it was a 2-1 lead for Windsor.

In the second period, Spitfires forward Chris Playfair scored three minutes in to extend the Spits’ lead to 3-1.

Though the scoreboard showed the Sting down a pair of goals, they were never out of this game. The Sting were all over the ice, and inevitably enough, pucks started to go in.

Sting forward Anthony Salinitri brought us within one. A native of Windsor, Salinitri always has an extra step in his game when in front of his hometown crowd. On this sequence, Salinitri was denied on his first breakaway chance. Sticking with the play, Salinitri hung around to redirect a pass from defenceman Nick Grima straight through the wickets of the Windsor goalie.

Just two minutes later, Sting forward Franco Sproviero scored his eighth of the season. Sproviero deflected a point shot from defenceman Theo Calvas. All of a sudden, we had a tie game heading into the third.

In the final frame, the Sting finished off strong.

Jordan Ernst and Salintri each scored, giving the Sting a 5-3 victory.

For Salinitri, it was an extra special night. Salinitri recorded his 150th career OHL point thanks his shorthanded breakaway goal in the third. Check it out below.

Aidan Hughes picked up the win in net for the Sting.

Tonight’s official boxscore can be viewed here.

The Sting return to action tomorrow night in Flint! Game time is 7:00 PM at the Dort Federal Event Center. We’ll see you at The Hive on Saturday when we take on the London Knights in another installment of the Battle of the 402!

NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. KNIGHTS

Saturday, February 3 | 3:30 PM
Progressive Auto Sales Arena
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