The Windsor Spitfires ended their playoff run tonight at the J.D. McArthur Arena before an audience of 3382. The Owen Sound Attack won the Western Conference Final and the Wayne Gretzky Trophy.
During the first period of play Windsor hit the ground running and Alexander Khokhlachev scored off a pass from Kuhnhackl and Czinder just two minutes into the opening period. Owen Sound was quick to tie it up with a high slot shot from Matt Petgrave. Windsor’s Brady Vail quickly was able to regain the lead minutes later off of a Ryan Ellis pass. However Owen Sound’s Joey Hishon deked past three Windsor defenders and slid one past Jack Campbell.
The Attack’s Matt Petgrave scored his second goal against Jack Campbell late into the second period. He added another goal for his hat trick, making the score 4-2 heading into the third period. By the end of the second period Windsor was outshooting Owen Sound 27-18.
The Attack put the final nail in the coffin with a goal from Halmo on a 2 on 1 and made the score 5-2 for the Attack. Wilson added another goal for the Attack minutes later. The Spits’ Brady Vail added his second goal of the night, and brought the lead down to 6-3. Windsor’s Brady Vail added his third goal of the night and completed his hat trick. Owen Sound was able to add another four goals giving a final score of 10-4 Owen Sound and winning the series in five games.
The Owen Sound Attack will face the Mississauga St. Micheal’s Majors in the finals and again at the Memorial Cup. (Mississauga is the host club and is automatically included)
Despite their loss tonight, the Spitfires have done extremely well in these playoffs. They were seeded fourth, and faced some of the toughest teams in the conference, if not the entire league. The Spits faced both the number two seed (Saginaw) in the second round and the number one seed the Owen Sound Attack. This was the third straight year the Windsor Spitfires have advanced to the Western Conference finals.
windsoriteDOTca would like congratulate the Windsor Spitfires on another very successful season, and wish the players and team the best of luck in their future endeavors. Look for our season in review this weekend!