Over 3,600 screaming Sting fans had the Progressive Auto Sales Arena rocking, as the Sarnia Sting faced the Windsor Spitfires for game two of their playoff series. The Sting were coming off a bad home ice loss on Friday night and were looking for redemption.
Again the coaches would go with their number one goaltenders. Justin Fazio for Sarnia and Michael DiPietro for Windsor. DiPietro has been outstanding for the Spitfires and it was he who Sarnia had to beat.
Within 30 seconds of the game starting the entire arena knew this game would be totally different than the one on Friday night. Two penalties and the bodies were flying. Sarnia changed from a finesse game to a hard-hitting rough style and it had the Spitfires on their heels. Halfway through the first period, the gloves hit the ice as Jamieson Rees would square off against Tyler Angle. Cole Purboo would open up the scoring for the Spitfires, many in the crowd were thinking oh no not a repeat of last game. The Sting would outshoot the 20-3 in the first period but still were trailing 1-0.
The second period saw all sorts of pressure from the Sting and still, they could not get anything by DiPietro. Then Cam Dineen unloaded a shot from the point and Sean Josling would get his stick on it and deflect it by DiPietro and was all tied up. But the Sting were not done. Sean Josling and Ryan McGregor would battle at the side of the net and then flick the puck out in front and Hugo Leufvenius would have a wide open net, the Sting take the lead.
Things continued to be tight in the third period and the hits just kept on coming. Sarnia was not backing down from anything and still throwing everything they could at DiPietro who continued to make stop after stop. Windsor would pull their goalie. The fans would love this and start the wave which did two laps around the arena. With the net empty Jordan Kyrou would get loose and find the open net to make it 3-1 Sting. The Spitfires would keep DiPietro on the bench in hopes of turning things around. Sean Josling would feed it up to Hugo Leufvenius and as soon as he crossed center ice he let a wrist shot go into the empty net to make it a 4-1 Sting win.
The score really does not do this game justice as the Sting outshot the Spitfires 52-22. Over the course of the first two games, DiPietro has faced over one hundred shots. Sean Joslin who scored the Sting’s first goal says persistence was the key to victory for Sarnia.
The Sting now go to Windsor on Tuesday night for game three, then game four in Windsor on Thursday night. The Sting return to Sarnia on Friday, March 30 for game five at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena with a 7:05 p.m. start.