Sting face playoff elimination after game four loss

The Sarnia Sting battling the Windsor Spitfires in Game 4 of a first round playoff series. April 29, 2022 (Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting are on the brink of elimination in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

The Windsor Spitfires defeated the Sting 4-1 on home ice at Progressive Auto Sales Arena Thursday night, to take a 3-1 series lead.

Angus MacDonnell scored the Sting’s only goal early in the first period.

Captain Nolan Dillingham said they lost their momentum going into the second.

“Windsor is a big physical team and they came to impose their will on us in game one, and then the last game we took it to them and we played a full 60 minutes and today we played a really good first period,” said Dillingham. “We had some chances in the second, but you can’t lift off the gas at all against a team like that.”

Forward Ty Voit agreed the Sting were dominant in the first period.

“I think it was two different Windsor teams we saw there, but that shouldn’t be a problem for us, we should be able to adjust to that,” said Voit. “At the same time, we also had, I don’t know how many scoring chances in the second and we just could capitalize. It came down to them putting pucks in whenever they needed to and us not.”

Sting goalie Ben Gaudreau made 27 saves in the loss.

Game five in the best-of-seven series is set for Saturday night in Windsor. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m. with the pregame on CHOK (103.9FM/1070AM) beginning at 6:30 p.m.