The Sarnia Sting scored early and often on Thursday night, downing the Windsor Spitfires by a score of 5-1 at the WFCU Centre.
With the win, Sarnia went three points ahead of the Spits for first in the OHL’s West Division while still holding a game in hand. The Sting lead the season series 4-1, which includes four consecutive wins over their counterparts.
Charlie Graham was solid in goal once again; turning aside 24 of 25 shots faced in the divisional match-up. Mario Culina started in goal for the Spitfires before being retired after allowing 3 goals on 13 shots. DiPietro came in, in relief allowing only two goals the rest of the way.
Once again, Travis Konecny led the way for the Sting; scoring once and adding two helpers to earn himself first star honors. The Flyers’ draft pick now has 93 points this season.
Pavel Zacha opened the scoring just 4:46 into the opening frame when he sailed across the blueline and let a shot go that beat Culina on the blocker side. Jeff King and Travis Konecny drew the assists on Zacha’s 26th of the season.
Just a few minutes later, Sam Studnicka’s powerplay goal made it 2-0 Sting as he made no mistake on the doorstep. Nikita Korostelev and Josh Jacobs were credited with the helpers.
6:01 into the second period, Mikhail Sergachev registered Windsor’s lone goal of the evening as he hopped out of the penalty box and beat Graham on the glove side.
Just 1:33 later, Jeff King responded with a big goal for the Sting. He stripped the Windsor defenceman of the puck as dashed down the ice to make good on the breakaway.
Midway through the second frame, Travis Konecny increased the margin to 3 with a slick goal off the rush. Long-time teammate Sam Studnicka was credited with the lone assist.
Nikita Korostelev scored the lone third period goal, redirecting home the Konecny pass.
The Sting are back in action on Friday night at the SSEC when they play host to the visiting Saginaw Spirit. Puck drop on Friday night is slated for 7:05 p.m.
- The Sting were 2/6 with the man advantage while the penalty kill was 4/5.
- Travis Konecny and Jeff King both registered a goal and an assist each.
- Sam Studnicka and Nikita Korostelev both added a goal and a helper in the win.
- Konecny was named the game’s first star, King the second, and Korostelev the third.