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Monday February 24th, 2014

Posted at 8:10am

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After going through a minor slump, Windsor needed to look past that and focus on the task at hand. Sunday afternoon, the team did just that, as the Spitfires snapped a 4-game skid. They dominated both ends of the ice as they took down the Sarnia Sting in a 6-2 victory. 

Windsor was setting to fly off the opening faceoff. With those efforts, Brady Vail scored the period’s only goal. He poked the poke past the defender before skating in and letting a wrist-shot go. Throughout the rest of the period, Windsor was having a hard time fighting off the pesky Sting. The Spits took three late penalties (four in total in the first), and at one point, went down 5-on-3. They managed to kill off the penalties and maintain their one-goal lead heading to the first intermission.

The Sting quickly got back into the game as Brandon Lindberg’s centering pass deflected off a Spitfire skate and past goalie Dalen Kuchmey. The Spits recaptured the lead when Sam Povorozniouk was set-up with a quick give-and-go from Josh Ho-Sang. Later, they would go up by two. Steven Janes found Eric Diodati with a cross-ice pass and he beat Brodie Barrick. Windsor’s passing also picked up and improved as they took a 3-1 lead to the locker room.

Sarnia wasn’t about to give up on the game. The Sting came out and scored just 32 seconds into the third period. Nickolas Latta redirected a shot that found its way in. The Spitfires regained composure, and then struck the Sting. Diodati’s shot from the point rebounded to Ryan Moore, who fired into the mostly empty net. The Spits wouldn’t stop there. Brody Milne’s wrap-around beat Barrick far-side as Windsor went up by two once more. Ho-Sang capped off the scoring following a wicked slap-shot from the circle.

In the end stages of the period, as things got heated, players were handed misconducts. First, it was Milne of the Spitfires. Later, Windsor’s Cristiano DiGiacinto and Sarnia’s Joshua Chapman were ejected with misconducts.

At the final buzzer, the Windsor Spitfires came out on top over the Sting 6-2.

The Spitfires are back in action at the WFCU Centre Thursday, February 27th at 7:05pm against the Barrie Colts.

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