Spit­fires suf­fer the St­ing of de­feat

Rookie goalie Langevin makes 31 saves as Sar­nia sweeps back-to-back games

Windsor Star - - SPORTS - MARK MALONE [email protected]­media.com

The Wind­sor Spit­fires are SAR­NIA re­build­ing with one of the youngest teams in the On­tario Hockey League.

The Sar­nia St­ing showed this week they have plenty of young tal­ent as well.

Rookie net­min­der Ethan Langevin made 31 saves Fri­day as the St­ing com­pleted a sweep of the home-and-home se­ries by beat­ing the Spit­fires 5-1 be­fore 2,561 fans at Pro­gres­sive Auto Sales Arena. Langevin, 17, also back­stopped the St­ing to an over­time win Thurs­day in Wind­sor. “They’ve got a young team and I know we do, too,” Langevin said. “It’s good to go head-to-head against a younger team and show that we can play just as good as them.”

He has three wins in his last four games and leads all OHL rook­ies with eight vic­to­ries.

Ja­cob Per­reault, 16, scored again for the St­ing af­ter get­ting two goals Thurs­day. The 2018 first-round draft pick is tied for first among OHL rook­ies with 13 goals. The St­ing ’s win moves them one point ahead of the Spit­fires into fifth place in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

Spit­fires head coach Trevor Le­towski isn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to the stand­ings.

“It’s too early,” he said. “We’re just wor­ried about our game, build­ing our game. We have a young team, de­vel­op­ing our play­ers. Ob­vi­ously we’re try­ing to win hockey games and ex­pect­ing to win. We’re preach­ing that. “But as far as the stand­ings and things like that, it’s too early.” The St­ing led 4-0 when Curtis Dou­glas spoiled Langevin’s bid for his first OHL shutout by putting in his own re­bound at 7:19 of the third pe­riod.

The Spit­fires out­shot the St­ing 32-30 over­all.

“We prob­a­bly played bet­ter than we did yesterday, to be hon­est,” Le­towski said. “It’s just one of those games where you couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize. I thought it was a pretty even game if you look at the chances, you look at the shots. “They were op­por­tunis­tic and were able to bury the mis­takes we made. Un­for­tu­nately, we just had a tough time scor­ing. I thought their goalie played pretty well.” Curtis Egert opened the scor­ing 3:50 into the first pe­riod off a pass from Hugo Leufve­nius in front of the net. The as­sist ex­tended Leufve­nius’s point streak to 14 games. The St­ing seized control with three goals in the sec­ond pe­riod for a 4-0 lead. Per­reault scored the even­tual win­ner at 10:21. Spit­fires goalie Kari Pi­iroinen was help­less on the next goal when Calvin Martin con­verted a two-on­none pass from Franco Sproviero. It was Sproviero’s turn to score when he buried a pass from de­fence­man Nick Grima at 17:19. The Spit­fires re­placed Pi­iroinen with re­cently ac­quired Colton Incze in the third pe­riod. Incze stopped eight of nine shots in his Spit­fires de­but. They ac­quired him Tues­day from the Ni­a­gara IceDogs for a 2022 fourthround draft pick. Adam Ruz­icka’s one-timer from the slot gave the St­ing their fi­nal goal with 20.9 sec­onds left.

PHO­TOS: MARK MALONE

Sar­nia St­ing’s Franco Sproviero fends off the check­ing of Wind­sor’s Will Cuylle dur­ing OHL ac­tion Fri­day night in Sar­nia. Sproviero had a goal and two as­sists as the St­ing rolled to a 5-1 vic­tory to com­plete a home-and-home sweep over the Spit­fires.

Wind­sor’s Mathew MacDougall pro­tects the puck from the St­ing’s Mitch Eliot dur­ing OHL ac­tion Fri­day night in Sar­nia.

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