Windsor Spitfires vs Sarnia Sting September 9, 2012

WSR #2 LD Sanvido, Patrick (2014) – Sanvido has applied his game at the OHL level, and seems pretty comfortable. He landed some good hits and asserts himself when battling against opposing players, usually taking the upper hand. Opposing players literally seem to bounce off of him when trying to hit him. He isn’t a quick enough skater, but he is aware that it isn’t a strength and is usually able to compensate this with

good positioning. His puck play is effective, and he shows his intelligence usually making the right pass up the ice, or putting the puck glass and out when there isn’t an option rather than trying to force a play. He does have the occasional miscue with the puck, but that is to be expected.

WSR #10 LD Sieloff, Patrick (Calgary) – Sieloff was the best defenseman on either team in this game. We already loved his game last year, but it seems like he’s just improved more in every area. He landed atleast a half dozen solid hits and identified when to go for the hit, and when to stay in position. He handled decisions at the blueline very well both with puck play and when to/not to pinch. He moved the puck very quick in all three zones and processed his options quickly. Very difficult to match up against 1 on 1 and constantly shut down Sarnia forwards. Sieloff appears to have greatly improved his strength, and appears a little quicker as well.

WSR #24 RW Smith, Hunter (2013) – Hunter looks like he’s ready to go for this season. He is a massive winger who’s skating really held him back last season. While it’s not an effective skill he possesses, he has enough to get the job done. Smith has a powerful wrist shot and likes to show it off.

WSR #44 RD Bateman, Adam (2013) – Bateman’s night was very short lived. Bateman stood up for his teammate admirably when Sarnia forward Craig Hottot delivered a big headshot to Windsor forward Derek Schoenmakers. Unfortunately for Bateman he was TKOed about 10 seconds into the fight.

WSR #66 RC Ho-Sang, Joshua (2014) – Showed off his outstanding speed and quick feet. He has exceptional hands but clearly needs to get stronger so he can handle the physicality and win battles. Ho-Sang was used on the penalty kill and was effective at the point. If he is used regularly in this role it should keep opposing power plays honest. At 16 years old he is one of the most dangerous players on the breakaway in the OHL. This game became frustrating for Ho-Sang as every time he tried to make something happen, he kept having the puck knocked off his stick.

WSR #81 LC Verbeek, Ryan (2014) – Verbeek was a very agitating forward. He forechecked hard all game like and played a physical style of play. Ryan was constantly involved in the post whistle pushing and shoving and seemed to agitate Sarnia players .However with 2:42 left in the 3rd period, while Windsor was down one goal, Ryan unnecessarily hit a Sarnia player from behind, a blatant act that put Windsor in a shorthanded situation when they should have been focusing on trying to tie the game. Discipline and identifying where the line is and making sure he does not cross it will be the most immediate challenge for Verbeek if he wants to contribute to the Windsor Spitfires this season.

SAR #15 LW Brown, Davis (2013) – While Brown is usually willing to engage in battles, he lost way too many on this day and at times he even gave up a little too easy on the play. We’ve seen him work harder, and win more battles so hopefully this was just an off day for Davis. He did show off his excellent shot, but never really got into any major scoring opportunities.

SAR #55 RD Murphy, Connor (Phoenix) – Showed good push back when physically engaged by opponents but didn’t initiate anything in that department. Made several puck playing mistakes one of which saw the puck thrown into the slot to end JP Anderson’s shutout bid with less than half a period to play. The following shift he had a large miscue on a 2 on 1 which lead to another Windsor goal. The second goal ended up making this a very close game the rest of the way.

SAR #77 RD DeAngelo, Anthony (2014) – Seems much more controlled with his play today. Not rushing the puck as much, moving it up and showing off his passing abilities. However he made a few puck playing mistakes which lead to scoring chances for the opposition. DeAngelo made a great play in the offensive zone reading the situation, jumping up into the slot and giving Sarnia a 2-0 lead.

SAR #94 LC Galchenyuk, Alex (Montreal) – Scored a goal and added an assist today, but didn’t really blow anyone away like he did against London. He was reliable for the Sting, didn’t make mistakes and had a few flashes of brilliance along the way.

 

 

Scouts Notes: This game started out with a little bit of the physical stuff. First off Sarnia OA forward Craig Hottot (Free Agent) delivered a hard head shot along the glass to Derek Schoenmakers (Free Agent). Schoenmakers was down for several minutes and was out for the first period, but returned for the second and third. Retribution for the Spitfires came later on in the game when Chris Marchese (2013*) blatantly cross-checked Davis Brown (2013) head first into the boards. Both Hottot and Marchese received a deserved 5 minute major and game misconducts for their hits. Craig Hottot added another 5 for fighting as Adam Bateman (2013) stood up for his teammate following the headshot. In goal, Sarnia and Windsor played their projected starters for the full 60 minutes. J.P. Anderson (San Jose) for Sarnia, against Jaroslav Pavelka (2013*). The game was close for the first half however Sarnia opened up a big lead, just to see Windsor make a comeback in the final 10 minutes. When it was all over, Sarnia held on to beat Windsor 3-2.