The Spitfires took on a familiar foe in the Sarnia Sting Thursday evening for a preseason test. The Spitfires came out on top by a score of 6-5 in a shootout.
In the first period, the Spitfires came out with lots of energy which led to numerous breakaway goals. Peer scored on a shorthanded breakaway after a turnover at the Spitfires blue line to give the Spitfires a 1-0 lead. Just 3 minutes later Sarnia would score on a powerplay to tie the game. Four minutes later, Abraham would score his first of the preseason on a rebound to regain the Spits lead. Sarnia would respond again just 3 minutes later to tie the game at 2. With under 5 minutes to play, Abraham turned on the jets and went end to end and scored five-hole for his 2nd of the night and gave the Spitfires a 3-2 lead. The Spitfires led in shots 11-10 after 20 minutes.
In the second period, both teams got into penalty trouble. The Sting capitalized on a powerplay chance and tied the game at 3 just over 7 minutes into the period. 5 minutes later the Spitfires 4th line of the night scored to make it 4-3. Cristoforo found Martin who skated down the wing across the blue line and found Morneau back door who sniped his 2nd on the preseason. The Spitfires would hang onto the 4-3 lead and a 21-18 shot lead after 40 minutes of play.
The third period started the same as the 2nd. This time the Sting scored 5 on 5 to tie the game at 4 apiece. Exactly 5 minutes after the Sarnia goal the Spitfires responded. Abraham passed it to O’Flaherty who was wide open in front of the net and he buried it to make it 5-4 Spitfires. Just over four minutes later the Sting would score and tie the game again at 5. This one would require a shootout.
Greentree went first hit the post past the Sarnia netminder but the puck stayed out. Namestnikov went first for Sarnia and was stopped by Downey. Christopoulos went 2nd for the Spitfires and scored to put the Spitfires up in the shootout. Doucette went next for the Sting and he missed the net. Miedema was the third shooter for the Spitfires and he made no mistake scoring to seal the deal for the Spitfires.
Windsor is back in action on Saturday as they travel to Sarnia for the final matchup of the preseason. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
After the final preseason contest the Spitfires will have a week to prepare for the home opener which is scheduled for October 1st at 7:05pm when the Sarnia Sting come to town.