Sting Win in Windsor

December 29, 2015

Written by Carl Chimenti

Hayden Hodgson scored two goals, including the game winner at 4:33 of the third period, to lead the Sarnia Sting to a 6-3 win over the Windsor Spitfires at the WFCU Centre on Monday night.

Matt Mistele had a goal and two assists while Jordan Kyrou and Nikita Korostelev had a goal and an assist each. Sasha Chmelevski also tallied once. Troy Lajeunesse added a pair of assists in the win for Sarnia, who extended their winning streak to four games.

Windsorís scoring came from three different players as Cole Carter, Mikhail Sergachev and Logan Stanley found the back of the net.

Kaden Fulcher made his second start of the season for Sarnia and played well, stopping 33 of 36 shots, picking up his second win in the month of December. Fulcher was the first star of the game. Garret Hughson had 15 saves on 20 shots for the Spitfires.

The win pulled Sarnia to within four points of the top spot in the West Division.

Sarnia jumped out to an early first period lead, as Korostelev let a shot from the slot that beat Hughson top shelf. Lajeunesse and Chychrun, were both credited with the assists. The goal came at 5:38.

Windsor, scored the equalizer less than three minutes later on a power play goal from Cole Carter. Carter showed patience with the puck as he beat Fulcher who was out of position, after making the initial save. Aaron Luchuk and Christiano DiGiacinto drew the helpers.

The Sting wasted no time in retaking the lead; just 38 second later Kyrou netted his seventh of the year from the slot with the assists going to Lajeunesse and Mistele.

Hodgson scored an early goal at 2:05, on a tip in, his fourth of the season. The goal went under review because it appeared that Hodgson deflected the puck with a high stick, but after further review the goal was allowed. Jeff King had the lone assist.

It seemed that both teams were in a mood for an offensive showing, as Sergachev got the Spitfires back to within a goal at the 6:41 mark of the 2nd period. It was the second power play goal for the Spitfires in the game. Following the goal Sarnia and Windsor went back to a more checking style and the second period ended with Sarnia holding the advangtage, 3-2.

For the second time in the game Windsor was able to pull even with the Sting, as Logan Stanley scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 3-3.

Sarnia came right back with not one, but two quick goals to restore their two goal lead.

Hodgson scored the tie breaker after receiving a pass from Kyrou, with the Sting on the power play. It was Hodgson's second of the night and fifth of the year. Mistele, added his second assist on the goal, which came at 4:33.

Rookie Sasha Chmelevski continued his fine play with his 8th goal of the season, unassisted at 7:39, to put the Sting up 5-3.

Mistele, wrapped up the scoring with an empty net goal at 18:53, with Korostelev and Anthony Salinitri drawing the assists.

Sting Notebook:

  • This was the second regular season meeting between the two teams. Windsor shut-out Sarnia 3-0 at the SSEC, December 11th.
  • Both teams managed to score with the man advantage tonight, as Sarnia was 1/3 and Windsor 2/5, on the power play.
  • Sarnia swept the three star selection, in order - Fulcher, Kyrou and Hodgson.
  • The Sting will travel to London on New Yearís Eve for their annual home and home meeting with the London Knights. Sarnia will play the back end of the series at home on January 2nd (7:05 puck drop) at the SSEC.






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