The Sarnia Sting hosted the Windsor Spitfires for game one of the first round of the OHL playoffs on Friday night. Coach Derian Hatcher would call on his number one Justin Fazio to guard the net while Spitfire coach Trevor Letowski would go with his main man Michael DiPietro. The Sting would wear their black road jerseys for game one. If it was to be a good luck charm, they should have stuck with their four leaf clovers.
The first period was good tight hard hitting hockey. A few scares for the over 3,500 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena as Fazio would challenge every shooter and get caught out of position a few times, but great defensive play kept the puck out of the net. Sean Josling had the best chance of the first period with a great opportunity but DiPietro had the big glove to keep the puck out of the net.
Things opened up in the second period as Windsor would score twice, one from William Sirman and then from Cole Purboo. Drake Rymsha would bring the Sting within one as he beat DiPietro. Rymsha had a great shot and followed up his own rebound and beat the Spitfires goalie clean. Windsor would again go on the powerplay and Igor Larionov II would make it 3-1 Windsor after two.
With the third period came another onslaught by the Spitfires as Zach Shankar would score just three minutes into the period. Anthony Salinitri would give the hometown crowd something to cheer about as he would beat the Spitfires goalie low making it 4-2. That would be the end of the Sting scoring as Purboo added his second of the game for Windsor, and forward Jake Smith clinched things off, with an empty net goal from a soft shot from mid-ice.
The Spitfires would take the game one, 6-2, even though the Sting outshot Windsor. DePietro would be outstanding between the pipes having the answer for everything the Sting threw at him. Now the Sting have to think about regrouping for Saturday night and game two. Coach Darien Hatcher says they just have to set themselves mentally for game two.
The Sting will host Windsor again Saturday night for game two at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena game time is 7:05 then it is off to Windsor for games three and four.