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Sunday November 24th, 2013

Posted at 9:08pm

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The wind was icy and sharp in Windsor. The Plymouth Whalers were a little sharper. Matt Mistele scored both goals for the Whalers to lead them past the Spitfires 2-1.

Defensive hockey was the name of the game throughout the afternoon’s bout. To start the first, the Whalers threw themselves in front of plenty of pucks, blocking numerous Windsor shots. The Spitfires couldn’t get much threw to the net. A frenzy of fights filled the second half of the first period. However, the first twenty minutes were over and the game was scoreless.

Both teams were evenly matched all afternoon. Windsor tied up Plymouth’s offense, while the Whalers continued to block shots. The Spitfires still put up many shots, but to no avail. The second period ended like the first as the teams skated off tied at zero.

The game picked up in the third period, but not in Windsor’s favour.

With a faster pace, the offense got some chances. It was Plymouth scoring first though. Gianluca Curcuruto made a nifty move around the Spitfires’ defender before having his shot blocked by another. A failed Spits’ clearing attempt left Plymouth with possession. The first backhand shot hit the post. Matt Mistele gathered the rebound and slid the puck into the empty part of the net.

The final period was drawing to a close when Plymouth struck again. On a breakaway, Dalen Kuchmey made the initial save on Brook Hiddink. The puck bounced to Mistele as he was speeding in. He fired a shot past the goalie to give his team a two-goal lead with two and a half to play.

A minute later, the Spitfires finally beat Alex Nedeljkovic. Off an offensive face-off, Steven Janes skated behind the net with the puck. He found Kerby Rychel sneaking past the defense and connected in close. With a minute and a half remaining, the Spits cut Plymouth’s lead to one.

Their flurry came up short as time ran out. Windsor loses a close game to the Plymouth Whalers by a score of 2-1.

The Spits return to the WFCU Centre next Saturday, November 30th to take on the Sarnia Sting.

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