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Sunday November 10th, 2013

Posted at 8:15pm

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The winds have changed in Windsor. After winning seven consecutive games, the Spitfires suffered a loss at the hands of the London Knights. Anthony Stolarz and three third period goals from the visitors allowed the Knights to ride past the Spitfires 3-1 in the battle of Southwestern Ontario.

The two teams were evenly matched as they played a solid back and forth match all game.

During the first period, Windsor was put in a tough position following a few back-to-back penalties. The defense was strong though, and they managed to kill off each of London’s man-advantages. The game remained a standstill following the first twenty minutes.

Much of the same pace was maintained in the second period. The teams had great offensive opportunities, but the resilient defenses shut down the chances. As well, more penalties went against the Spitfires, to the disagreement of the crowd. However, Windsor’s penalty-killing and goaltender Dalen Kuchmey closed the door on the Knights’ charges. A scoreless 40 minutes would set the tone for the third period.

An evenly matched game meant for an evenly matched start to the final period – until London scored the first goal of the contest. Four minutes in, the Knights finally got the puck past Kuchmey. Alex Basso circled around the Spitfires’ defender and found Kyle Platzer alone in front. The easy goal gave London the 1-0 lead. Windsor had great chances when they were awarded a 5-on-3 power-play for a couple of London wrongdoings. Despite the efforts, the visitors killed off both penalties. In return, with less than five minutes to play, the Knights’ swords swung down onto the Spitfires again. London broke into the Windsor zone and tried to stuff the puck behind the goalie. Though Kuchmey stopped the shot, the puck slid under him and lied in the crease. Tim Bender snuck behind the defense and tapped it in for his team to go up by two. Shortly after, the Spitfires ultimately beat Stolarz. Josh Ho-Sang passed to Brady Vail. His wicked wrist-shot was no match for the London goalie. The lead was cut in half as the Windsor looked for the tying goal. Unfortunately, it didn’t come. The Knights added an empty net goal to seal the deal against the Spits.

Windsor loses a tough one 3-1 against London.

The Spitfires are back at the WFCU Centre this Thursday, November 14th to face the Mississauga Steelheads.

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