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Friday March 14th, 2014

Posted at 8:07am

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The season is behind them. The road to the playoffs begins soon for the Windsor Spitfires, who played their last regular season home game Thursday night. They faced a potential first round match-up in the Erie Otters. The Spits played a solid game up and down the ice, but in the end, came up short to the Otters 3-2.

Chris Commons scored 16 points, while Stefan Bonneau and DeAndre Thomas netted 15 each. Quinnel Brown and Darren Duncan each put up 12 points.

The first period was underway and Windsor got on the board early.  Erie was handed a double-minor for high-sticking less than a minute in, and the Spits capitalized. Brady Vail dropped a pass to Josh Ho-Sang in the circle. He wired up for a slap-shot that surprised everyone, including goalie Oscar Dansk. It was the period’s lone goal as the Spitfires took a one-goal lead to the locker room.

Windsor managed to contain the hot Otters offense early on. After a flurry of chances though, Erie’s big line evened the game. Connor McDavid found Connor Brown in front for a quick goal. The Otters outshot the Spitfires 14-5 in the middle frame. The score was tied at one after two.

The Spitfires were always in the game. Although the Otters took the lead with a goal similar to their first, Windsor fired right back. Ben Johnson circled in the slot before letting a backhand shot go. The goal tied the game at two. Unfortunately, Erie regained control with Brown’s second of the game. The Otters cycled the puck really well down low before Brown lifted a backhand over Alex Fotinos from the side of the net. The Spits tried to rally but couldn’t quite get the goal. Windsor lost to Erie 3-2.

Fotinos made 32 solid saves in the loss and earned the game’s first star.

The Spitfires finish the season away from Windsor but get ready for the upcoming playoffs, taking on either the Erie Otters or the London Knights.

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