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Friday March 15th, 2013

Posted at 1:03pm

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A tough loss to swallow for the Windsor Spitfires. Though their playoff fate was decided last weekend, the Spits still had their engines revving. They were playing for pride. Unfortunately, pride fell short. The Owen Sound Attack controlled every aspect of the game Thursday night as they skated through the Spitfires to a 6-0 win at the WFCU Centre.

The teams began the opening period with fairly balanced play – until just after the midway point. Owen Sound got their groove and started their scoring spree. Cody Ceci scored first when his screened wrist-shot made its way past Jordan DeKort. A drop-back pass from Gemel Smith to Cameron Brace, followed by a shot that beat the goalie blocker side put the Attack up by two. In the final minute of the period, after an offensive rush by the Spits, the Attack headed right back down to the Windsor zone. From the corner, Smith found Daniel Catenacci in the slot for a similar high blocker-side goal. After the first period, Owen Sound had a solid 3-0 lead, and a dominant 19-9 shot advantage.

Not much ceased from the first period, going into the second. Owen Sound continued to bring its energy, and it wasn’t long before they struck for the fourth time. The Attack had found DeKort’s weak spot: his blocker side. In similar fashion to their second goal, Brace dropped a pass back to Daniel Zweep. The goal would bring in Jaroslav Pavelka to switch out DeKort. The change didn’t slow the Attack though. While shorthanded, Catenacci stole the puck and skated out on a breakaway. His shot through Pavelka’s legs put Owen Sound up 5-0. Just over five minutes later, the Attack would add their final tally of the night. Pavelka made a save on Brace in-close, but the puck bounced and rebounded around. Artur Gavrus was the opportunist as he lifted a loose puck over a downed goaltender and in. 40 minutes of play had gone, and Owen Sound led 6-0.

With a comfortable six-goal lead, the Attack played a more slow-paced game in the third period. The Spits came close, but couldn’t beat Jordan Binnington. At the other end, Pavelka was tested again – this time on a penalty shot. Gemel Smith skated down the centre, and tried to shoot glove side. Pavelka’s glove came up and caught the flying puck for a huge save. Owen Sound held off the Spits and got the 6-0 shutout victory over Windsor.

Windsor’s final game of the 2012-2013 season is this Sunday, March 17th at 2:05pm against the Plymouth Whalers.

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