Sting Outwork Spitfires In Exhibition Action

The Windsor Spitfires scored early but the offence dried up after that in a exhibition home loss to Sarnia.

Cole Purboo scored in the first period to put Windsor up 1-0 but the Sting would score four in a row, including a pair from Hugo Leufvenius, for a 4-1 win at the WFCU Centre.

Spitfires head coach Trevor Letowski says they simply weren't ready for the high-flying Sting.

"I thought we looked rusty, haven't played in like three weeks, it seems like we've been practicing forever," Letowski says. "You get into a real game against a team that's a real OHL team now and it seemed like the game was just fast."

He says the Sting beat Windsor at its own game.

"Feeling real good about ourselves and then all of a sudden this Sarnia team, give them credit, I think they worked really hard and they were physical on us and took away our space and we're a team that prides our self on outworking teams and I don't think that was the case tonight. We got out worked and therefore, we lost," says Letowski.

Windsor's rookie goalie Kari Piiroinen stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced in the loss, but he says the learning experience was more important than the final score. 

"Getting used to the game, used to the league, used to the opponent's shots, they're big," he says. "It's much faster, definitely much faster and the shots are way harder."

Windsor heads to Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia for a rematch Friday night.

Game time is 7:05pm.