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Sunday December 1st, 2013

Posted at 7:37am

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A solid hockey rivalry took place Saturday night. The Sarnia Sting matched the Spitfires stride for stride. But, the Spits played harder when it counted. Windsor put up three goals in the game’s final 4:04 to lead the Spitfires to a 6-3 victory.

Ben Johnson and Josh Ho-Sang each scored a pair of goals on the evening.

Spans of straight hockey controlled the game’s pace to start the game. Up and down the ice, the two teams exchanged chances throughout the opening period. Sarnia earned the game’s first real chances on a 5-on-3. However, Windsor’s defense and goaltending stood tall. The Spits blocked many shots and broke up several plays. At one time, Alex Fotinos made an outstanding windmill glove save on a Sting shooter. The 5637 cheering fans applauded the goalie’s efforts. In the late stages of the first period, the Spits scored their first of six goals. While shorthanded, Windsor’s offensive pressure allowed Steven Janes to find Josh Ho-Sang in the slot. His shot made it through goalie Brodie Barrick’s pads and in. it didn’t take the Sting long to get the goal back – just 26 seconds. Still on the power-play, Tyler Hore picked up his own rebound and skated around the net. He passed to an idle Nikolay Goldobin and he beat Fotinos. The period would end even at one.

The Spitfires regained their lead in the second, thanks to Remy Giftopoulos. His move from the right circle to the front gave him space to put the puck between Barrick’s legs. Windsor added another goal before the halfway point of the period. Ben Johnson scored his first of two. A broken 2-on-1 had Brady Vail locating Johnson skating in for the goal. The two-goal lead was short-lived for the Spits. Two minutes later, after circling the net, Vladislav Kodola managed to put the puck high, short-side over Fotinos’ shoulder. Anthony DeAngelo scored next for Sarnia to tie the game once again. After making a little deke around the Spits defender, he fired a quick shot past Fotinos. With two periods down, it was a 3-3 game.

Despite the close shots in the final period (14-10 Windsor), the Spitfires dominated the Sting, especially late in the period. They played hard and halted Sarnia’s comeback. They came close to going up early but their goal was waved off, as the goaltender had lost his mask on the play. With a little over four minutes to go, Johnson scored his second of the night on an odd-man rush off an incredible pass from Cristiano DiGiacinto. The Spits shortly came back again for another goal. This time, it was Ho-Sang getting his second of the game. He never gave up on the play when it seemed the goalie had the puck under his glove. He picked it up and shot it into the net for a 5-3 lead. Ty Bilcke beat the buzzer by adding a last-second deflection goal.

The Spitfires skated away with a 6-3 win over the struggling Sarnia Sting.

Windsor’s next home game is this coming Thursday, December 5th when they welcome the Saginaw Spirit.

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