Over 4,600 fans were in attendance at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena to witness #91 the jersey of former Sarnia Sting Forward and Captain of the of Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos hoisted to the rafter on Friday night as the Sting hosted the Windsor Spitfires in the second half of their home at home series. Sarnia took game one on the road and were now looking to sweep the series.
Once again Justin Fazio was between the pipes for the Sting while Lucas Patton got the call for the Spits. It would be a night where Lucas would face the majority of the shots between the pair. The Sting would fire 36 shots at Mr. Patton and six of those pucks would turn on the red light, allowing the Sting to sweep the series two straight with a 6-1 win.
Only three Sarnia players would score in this one, but each would have two goals on the night. The Spitfires looked strong as they opened the scoring at 6:52 with a goal from Luke Boka, and that is where the Windsor night would end. Anthony Salinitri would start the night off for Sarnia with a power-play goal in the first period and Captain Jordan Kyrou would then get his first of the night. Michael Pezzetta, who is newly acquired, would pick up an assist on both of those goals.
Salinitri would pick up his second of the night at 12:17 of the second period, his 18th goal of the season, and he did it as the team was short-handed. Kyrou would get his 21st goal of the season and second of the night with an assist from another newcomer, Jonathan Ang, at 16:13.
The third period belonged to Sean Josling as he would get two goals in the period. Again, a new acquisition to the team, Cam Dineen would get an assist on each goal. The three stars of the game? Very easy just line them up in order of the goal scoring Salinitri, Kyrou and Josling. Justin Fazio turned away 24 of the 25 shots he faced for the win.
Head Coach Derian Hatcher has been saying all along that the team just needed to get their confidence back and they certainly have that. Between the new players and new attitude on the ice, the Sting have their confidence back as they have now won their last four games. The Sting are still second overall in the league but are trailing Sault Ste. Marie by a huge 17 points. The Sting travel to Flint on Wednesday night and then welcome the Greyhounds to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Friday for a showdown with the league leaders.