Spitfires suffer the Sting of defeat
Rookie goalie Langevin makes 31 saves as Sarnia sweeps back-to-back games
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.
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.