Hugo Leufvenius digs for the puck under the glove of Anthony Popovich. March 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Metcalfe photography)

Sting weathers the Storm 6-3

Hugo Leufvenius scored twice as the Sarnia Sting beat the Guelph Storm 6-3 Saturday night at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.

The Sting are now tied with the Saginaw Spirit for second place in the OHL West Division, with nine points apiece.

Mason Primeau’s goal at 2:09 of the first period gave Guelph an early, but Sarnia responded with two back-to-back goals. Leufvenius tied the game at 12:33, then Franco Sproviero put the puck in over a minute later to give the Sting a 2-1 lead at first intermission.

Guelph knotted the game up again when Zach Poirier scored his first goal of the season at 3:45 in the second period. Sarnia then exploded with three unanswered goals. Anthony Salinitri broke the tie for Sarnia, then Brayden Guy scored an insurance goal to give Sarnia a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Leufvenius scored once more at 1:26 in the third period to extend the Sting’s lead. Guelph’s Tag Bertuzzi pulled the Storm within one soon after that, but the Sting extended the lead again when Calvin Martin scored his third goal of the season.

Sarnia associate coach Brad Staubitz said it was a physical game. “Absolutely it was a physical game for us, that’s one thing you preach to the guys. It wears on teams and we’d like to get that reputation as a team that it’s not easy to play against us and we’re gonna get our bumps in.”

Ethan Langevin stopped 21 shots in goal for the victorious Sting. Nico Daws also had 21 saves in goal, for the Storm.

Staubitz had praise for his rookie goalie. “He’s been great. He competes hard in practice. It’s amazing how he fights for pucks, fights for saves and he always gets himself in a position to make a save.”

Sarnia welcomes the Mississauga Steelheads Sunday for a matinee game at 2:05 p.m. The pregame show starts at 1:40 p.m on 103.9 FM – 1070 AM CHOK.