Sting sweep Spitfires in home-and-home series

Sarnia Sting’s Franco Sproviero (26) and Windsor Spitfires’ Jean-Luc Foudy (93) chase the puck in the first period at Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia, Ont., on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network)

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The Windsor Spitfires are 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,” he said. “It’s good to go head to head against a younger team and show that we can play just as good as them.”

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

“I’ve got a lot more confident the past couple weeks,” Langevin said. “(I’m) just playing more and getting used to it.”

Jacob Perreault, 16, scored again for the Sting (14-13-2-2) after getting two goals Thursday.

The 2018 first-round draft pick is tied for first among OHL rookies with 13 goals. He’s second in rookie scoring with 23 points in 26 games.

The Sting are back on the ice Saturday for their annual teddy bear toss game at 2:05 p.m. against the Kingston Frontenacs.

Langevin’s pick to score the big goal is Perreault.

“A couple guys are joking about it,” Langevin said. “Some are saying that Calvin (Martin)’s going to get it considering he’s been scoring a lot lately, but some of us just think it’s going to be one of our main goal-scorers like Hugo (Leufvenius) or Perreault or what not.”

The Sting’s win moved them one point ahead of the Spitfires (14-14-2-1) 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 Leufvenius in front of the Spitfires’ 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 Martin converted a two-on-none pass from Franco Sproviero at 12:50.

It was Sproviero’s turn to score when he buried a nifty pass from defenceman Nick Grima at 17:19. Sproviero finished with three points.

The Spitfires replaced Piiroinen with recently acquired Colton Incze to start the third period.

Incze stopped eight of nine shots in his Spitfires debut. They acquired him Tuesday from the Niagara IceDogs for a 2022 fourth-round draft pick.

Adam Ruzicka scored the Sting’s final goal on a one-timer from the slot with 20.9 seconds left.

NOTES: Goalie Aidan Hughes was out of the lineup, so the Sting called up Blair Coffin from the junior A Pickering Panthers. … Forward Sean Josling also didn’t dress. … Rookie forward Nolan Burke had an assist for his first career OHL point. He also had a plus-two rating. … Langevin has two one-goal games this season.