Over 3,000 welcomed the Sarnia Sting back to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena Thursday night after the Sting took a break for Christmas, but to those in attendance, it looked like the Sting were still on vacation. While the new upgrades at the arena were nice it’s was a pity that the scoreboard only registered goals for the visitors.
The Windsor Spitfires came into town to kick off the second half of the season and they came with guns a-blazing. The Spits would open up the scoring with two goals that came within a minute and a half of each other and then Tyler Angle would get the first of his two on the night just before the first period would end. Angle would again hit the back of the net at 4:19 of the second period.
Austin McEneny would put the final nail in the Sting coffin at 17:08 of the third period giving Windsor a 5-0 shutout against Sarnia. Assistant Coach Brad Staubitz said Windsor netminder Michael DiPietro played extremely well and there were some bad bounces as two goals by the Sting were waved off after review, but all in all, Staubitz says they just have to work harder.
One thing that Staubitz was pleased about was the new scoreboard and light ribbon around the arena, saying it certainly raises the level of excitement to the game and that the fans will love it.
The Sting now fall 10 points behind the league-leading Soo Greyhounds and turn their attention to the home at home New Years tradition against the London Knights. The Sting will get home ice first in the series on Sunday afternoon, December 31st with a 2:05 puck drop then it is up the 402 to play in London on New Years Day for a late afternoon game.