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Monday March 24th, 2014

Posted at 11:30am

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The Spitfires’ defense dropped like flies Saturday night. Not from injury, but from a scuffle that depleted the already low unit. The forwards compensated as much as possible from the blue line, even helping in Windsor’s three goals. The Knights saw their opportunity and took it though, as they dominated the Spits. Game 2 went to London in a 6-3 win.

Windsor got the game’s first scoring chance as the puck rang off the post. More chances came the team’s way when London picked up a couple of penalties. The Spitfires couldn’t make the best of it and the Knights made them pay. The Spits took a couple of unnecessary penalties which led to a pair of London goals. First, Patrick Sanvido kicked the puck away, but it ended up on the stick of Nikita Zadorov and in. then, Max Domi scored as Alex Fotinos got a piece of the puck, but not enough. Not long after, Zadorov’s second put the Knights up 3-0 late in the first when he stepped heavily into a slap-shot.

Windsor’s woes continued in the second with goals from Chris Tierney and Brett Welychka before the midway point of the period. Frustration for the Spitfires soon boiled over as a mini brawl was underway. What started with a fight between Cristiano DiGiacinto and Gemel Smith quickly developed into a six-man battle that had five players ejected from the game. The Knights lost three while Windsor lost two more defensemen in Sanvido and Burns. Despite the major lack in defense, the Spitfires came up with a goal before the end of the second. A shorthanded 2-on-1 had Ben Johnson finding Brady Vail to put the Spits on the board.

The Spitfires began to give London a scare as they pulled within two. Graeme Brown’s shot circled the boards before bouncing out front to Nikita Yazkov, who had the empty net in front of him. Later, on a power-play, the Spits had a flurry as the Knights scrambled to clear. It was Johnson finding the puck and lifting it over Anthony Stolarz. That’s as close as Windsor would get. A penalty, and ensuing goal from Bo Horvat put the rally to rest as the Spitfires dropped Game 2 6-3.

Game 3 is tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 25th at 7:05pm at the WFCU Centre.

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