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Sunday March 9th, 2014

Posted at 8:06pm

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A shortened defensive unit was certainly a factor Sunday afternoon. For most of the game, Windsor’s defense held strong, as Brady Vail played hard. But it could only go so far. The Spitfires collapsed in the third, giving up 4 straight goals to the Greyhounds. Sault Ste. Marie beat Windsor 5-1.

The Spitfires were without Trevor Murphy and Slater Koekkoek as the two are done for the season and playoffs due to injuries.

Before the game, coach Bob Boughner wanted his team to capitalize on their power-plays. Though they had plenty of chances with the man-advantage, the Spitfires couldn’t solve goalie Brandon Halverson. The Greyhounds continuously cleared the puck, despite Windsor’s good passing game. With 20 minutes down, the game remained scoreless.

Things picked up in the second period, for both teams. First, Tyler Hore short-side shot squeezed between the post and Dalen Kuchmey, and into the net. The Spits recovered quickly though. Josh Ho-Sang scored his 31st of the season after skating around a few Soo players and beating Halverson with a backhand shot. Windsor continued to control the period, outshooting the ‘Hounds 16-6. After two periods, the game was tied at one.

Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Spitfires could muster, as they seemed to have emptied their tanks in the first two frames. The Greyhounds were all over the Spits in the third, starting with a goal (the eventual game-winner) from Darnell Nurse. His wrist-shot from the point and through traffic was able to beat Kuchmey. Less than three minutes later, the ‘Hounds broke into the zone and carried the puck to the net before slipping it in. A slap-shot from a face-off and a one-timer from the circle added two more goals for the Soo. Windsor couldn’t keep up because of penalties. At the end of the game, the Greyhounds defeated the Spits 5-1.

Windsor plays its final regular season home game this Thursday, March 13th at 7:05pm against the Erie Otters.

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