The Sarnia Sting visited the Windsor Spitfires on Sunday afternoon.
Aidan Hughes made his second start of the season, and he came up big all game long. Hughes made a couple of key saves early, including one on Windsor defenceman Sean Day, who had just stepped around his man for a clear shot attempt on the Sting goaltender.
With Hughes preventing goals in Sarnia’s end, Sting forward Brady Hinz started the scoring in the Spitfires’ end. Hinz put one on the net from a steep angle, and it just edged itself over the goal line underneath Windsor goalie Michael DiPietro.
Hughes would continue to make timely pad saves to finish out the first with the Sting up by a score of 1-0.
During the second, Hughes was still the difference maker. The Sting goaltender made a massive save on a two-on-zero rush by the Spitfires. Hughes extended the left pad to deny Windsor forward Mathew MacDougall from what would have been a surefire goal.
In what is becoming an early season trend, Hinz scored again. It was a textbook passing play. Sean Josling went cross-ice to Hugo Leufvenius, who found Hinz driving the net for the simple redirect. The goal extended Sarnia’s lead to 2-0.
In the third period, Windsor would get one back, but it wouldn’t be long before the Sting returned fire.
Anthony Salinitri scored his fourth of the season on a clear wrist shot through DiPietro. Hinz had hustled along the neutral zone wall to send the puck in Salinitri’s direction. Hinz picked up his third point of the day with the assist.
Windsor would attempt to steal victory at the end, managing to get within one, but Sarnia’s efforts all afternoon would pay off with victory. The final score today was 3-2 for the Sting.
Hughes picked up his second win of the season in goal. Thanks to today’s win, the Sting have now won eight straight games.
Today’s official boxscore can be viewed here.
The Sting are back in action on Thursday, October 19 with a road game against the North Bay Battalion. Game time is 7:00 PM at the Memorial Gardens in North Bay. It will come as the first of three weekend road games for Sarnia. Tickets for all Sting home games can be purchased at the box office or by clicking here.