STING 4 SPITS 3
Dave Ducharme WindsorSpitfires.com Staff
PHOTO: JANET AND DARREN METCALFE
Three third-period goals weren't enough to salvage a win Sunday afternoon in Sarnia.
Alex Galchenyuk's first goal of the pre-season stood up as the winner, as the Sting held on for a 4-3 victory over the Windsor Spitfires.
Trailing 3-0 past the midway point of the final frame, Sam Studnicka took a feed from Michael Clarke off a Sarnia turnover for his first of the pre-season, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Galchenyuk, the third overall pick in this summer's NHL Draft, restored the three-goal lead just 24 seconds later.
But the Spits didn't quit, getting tallies from newcomer Derek Schoenmakers (13:25) and Jordan Maletta (14:39) to cut the lead to 4-3.
The Spitfires killed a late Ryan Verbeek penalty, but couldn't find the equalizer after getting goaltender Jaroslav Pavelka to the bench with just 39 seconds to play.
Clarke had a pair of assists and was named 3rd Star.
Bryan Moore led the Sarnia attack with a goal and an assist.
Jaroslav Pavelka was oustanding in goal, making 31 saves in a losing cause.
UP NEXT: The Spitfires wrap their pre-season schedule at home this weekend, with games against Niagara (Friday, 7PM) and Sarnia (Sunday, 2PM) at the WFCU Centre.
SAR BOUCHER (GALCHENYUK, SARAULT) 15:43 PP
SAR DEANGELO (BOUCHER) 4:07
SAR MOORE (CHAPMAN) 7:50
WSR STUDNICKA (CLARKE) 12:22
SAR GALCHENYUK (MOORE, DEANGELO) 12:46
WSR SCHOENMAKERS (SIELOFF, RYCHEL) 13:25
WSR MALETTA (CLARKE) 14:39
WSR 7 - 9 - 13 = 29
SAR 4 - 20 - 11 = 35