The Windsor Spitfires take on the Sarnia Sting, December 28, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography)

Newcomers Power Sarnia Sting To 5-3 Victory

It didn’t take long for the Sarnia Sting’s three new players to make an impact.

Jonathan Ang, Cam Dineen, and Michael Pezzetta each scored to lift the Sting (28-12-2-0) to a 5-3 victory over the Spitfires (22-14-2-1) in Windsor in OHL play Thursday night.

Ang opened the scoring just 1:22 into the first period, burying a breakaway goal through the legs of Windsor goalie Michael DiPietro. Drake Rymsha scored his 20th of the season on the powerplay at 14:55. Rymsha also had two assists in the game. Pezzetta tipped home a Theo Calvas point shot with just 20 seconds left in the period to put the Sting up 3-0.

Dineen, an offensive minded defenceman, put the Sting up 4-0 early in the second period on a pinch from the point. Windsor’s Curtis Douglas and the Sitng’s Jordan Ernst exchanged quick goals to make the score 5-1 after two. Daniel D’Amico, and Cole Purboo notched third period goals for the Spitfires but they ended up falling short 5-3.

Sting goalie Justin Fazio made 25 saves on 28 shots, while DiPietro stopped 35 of 40 Sting shots.

Sarnia is second in the OHL standings with 58 points, trailing only the league-leading Sault Greyhounds (35-3-2-1) who have 73 points. Windsor is fourth place in the Western Conference with 47 points.

The Sting acquired Jonathan Ang from the Peterborough Petes for Brady Hinz and draft picks. Cam Dineen was picked up from North Bay for defenceman Braden Henderson and draft picks. Sarnia got Sudbury Wolves captain Michael Pezzetta for defenceman Ethan Lavallee and a pair of second rounders.

The Sting and Spitfires meet again on Friday night at 7pm at Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Before the game, the Sting will be retiring Steven Stamkos’ number 91 jersey during a pregame ceremony. Stamkos will be in attendance for the honour.

You can hear all of the action live on 103.9FM and 1070AM CHOK beginning with the pregame show at 6:35pm.