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Friday March 7th, 2014

Posted at 7:44am

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Windsor can’t argue it – Saginaw was simply the better team Thursday night. Six straight goals between the second and third periods shot the Windsor Spitfires right out of the sky. When it was all said and done, the Spirit skated away with an 8-3 win.

It was a period of few whistles that kept the fast pace in the opening period. Saginaw was on the board first as a shot bounced off the post to Dylan Sadowy. He put the puck into the empty net for a 1-0 lead. The goal was answered by Remy Giftopoulos, who tied the game with a fluttering slap-shot. The Spirit came back with the go-ahead goal from Cody Payne as he stuffed it past Alex Fotinos. The Spits were down 2-1 after one.

Early in the second, Windsor evened the game once more. Before the goal, Brody Milne took a hard, open-ice hit from Jeremiah Addison. On the ensuing power-play, as irony would have it, Milne tipped a shot from the point and beat Jake Paterson. Following the equalizer, it was all Saginaw. The Spirit scored three straight before the end of the second: Luke Cairns scored off a rebounded post; Jimmy Lodge fired a shot from the top of the circle; and Sean Callaghan added another. Windsor was in a 5-2 hole with one period to play.

Things didn’t get better for the Spitfires in the final period as Saginaw again scored three straight to start the third. Eric Locke scored back-to-back goals 50 seconds apart, and Kristoff Kontos found a loose puck lying in the crease before putting it in. 19 seconds later, the Spits managed to get another one in. After keeping the puck in the zone, Josh Ho-Sang grabbed it, stopped sharply and fired it over the goalie’s glove. In less than five minutes, four goals were scored. That would be the extent of the damage. Windsor came close to scoring later when the puck rang off the crossbar. In the end, the visitors grabbed the victory. The Spitfires lost 8-3 to the Spirit.

Windsor will regroup for a pair of tough weekend games, beginning Friday night in Erie, and continuing Sunday afternoon at the WFCU Centre, where the Spitfires will take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 2:05pm.

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