It was a confident Sarnia Sting squad that went into game four of their OHL playoff with the Windsor Spitfires, Thursday night. The Sting were coming off a come from behind win on Tuesday night at the WFCU Centre. Thursday night it would be over 4,000 rowdy Spitfires fans in attendance who were looking for their team to even the series. Once again Justin Fazio of the Sting would guard the net, while Michael DiPietro would get the call at the other end of the ice. So far these two have had an outstanding series.
Windsor would open up the scoring at the three-minute mark, Luke Boka would get the puck past Fazio to give the hometown team the lead. Ryan McGregor would tie things up at 14:22 of the period and things got tense.
The second period was close, end-to-end hockey. Mitch Eliot would get called for interference just 30 seconds into the period and then again for slashing, halfway through the frame. Mathew MacDougall would also get a cross-checking penalty with Eliot during the small skirmish. Kelton Hatcher would take another interference penalty just before the period would end.
Chris Playfair would put the hometown team in the lead in the third period, shorthanded as Tyler Angle would get called for tripping. Curtis Douglas would get the insurance goal thanks to the set up by Zack Shankar and Chris Playfair. Sarnia would pull Fazio for the extra attacker but that would not amount to much as DiPietro would stand tall, stopping 46 of 47 shots. Fazio would turn 18 of the 21 shots he faced, away.
The Sting now return to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Friday night with the series knotted at two games apiece. Game time is 7:05.