Sarnia Stings Windsor


Sarnia goalie Charlie Graham stonewalls Brendan Lemieux and the Windsor Spitfires. The Sting took a 5-1 win and moved 3 points ahead of Windsor in the OHL West.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The margin between 1st and 2nd in the OHL West has grown to 3 points after the Sarnia Sting handily defeated the Spitfires 5-1 last night in front of 5,585 in Windsor. The Spits are now looking at an uphill struggle to regain home ice advantage for the playoffs, including an away match-up against the same Sarnia team on the last day of the regular season.

The Sting jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the 1st period on goals by Pavel Zacha and Sam Studnicka, both coming on the power play.


Cristiano DiGiacinto dominated a 2nd period fight against Sarnia’s Kevin Spinozzi.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor closed the gap to 1 when Mikhail Sergachev scored his 15th of the season, from the red hot Christian Fischer, at 6:01 of the 2nd. But a giveaway moments later at the Sarnia blue line allowed Jeff King an unmolested breakaway, on which he made no mistake.

Sarnia’s third goal chased starting goaltender Mario Culina from between the pipes, replaced early for the second straight game by Mike DiPietro. Culina allowed 3 goals on 13 shots and took the loss.


Mikhail Sergachev (31) backs up Spitfire goaltender Mike DiPietro as he moves out to face Travis Konecny in the 3rd period. Konecny scored against DiPietro earlier in the game, but not this time.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The 2nd period was punctuated by a centre ice scrap between Cristiano DiGiacinto and Kevin Spinozzi. DiGiacinto landed most of the punches while the Sarnia player looked to just be hanging on for the ride.

Travis Konecny made it 4-1 before the end of 40 minutes and Nikita Korostelev netted one at 5:43 of the 3rd to cap off the scoring.


Aaron Luchuk (91) received a 2-minute minor for high sticking Sarnia’s Zachary Core at 15:40 of the 2nd period.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Sarnia’s Charlie Graham was credited with the win, facing 25 shots from the Spitfires.

In addition to being out-scored, the Spitfires were also shut out of the Stars of the Game. Konecny, King, and Graham were named 1,2,3, respectively.

Windsor takes to the road for a game in Owen Sound Saturday night before returning to host Kitchener on March 17 and Saginaw the following night. The Spitfires will end the regular season on March 20 when they seek revenge in Sarnia.


Sarnia’s owner, governor, and head coach Derian Hatcher (left) looks on as assistant coach Chris Lazary yells encouragement to the Sting players.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Were the playoffs to start today Windsor would face the Rangers starting in Kitchener.

Saginaw needs just a win or a Flint loss to clinch the final playoff berth in the West, while last year’s Robertson Cup winners, the Oshawa Generals, and the Hamilton Bulldogs will battle to the last game for the last spot in the East.


Mike DiPietro (64), Mads Eller (24), and Luke Boka (61) congratulate Logan Stanley after a goal by Mikhail Sergachev in the 2nd period. It would be Windsor’s lone goal of the game.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


About the Author

Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata