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Sunday October 26th, 2014

Posted at 11:11am

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There could only be one winner. After matching each other goal for goal, extra time was needed between the Windsor Spitfires and Mississauga Steelheads. In overtime, Slater Doggett struck gold with his second of the game, as he scored the game-winner to give the Spits a 5-4 win Saturday night at the WFCU Centre.

The Steelheads opened up the scoring less than 4 minutes in on a goal from Bryson Cianfrone He skated out of the corner and fired a shot from the faceoff dot under the arm of Brendan Johnston. The Spits fought off the early deficit and tied the game shortly after. Upon receiving a cross-ice pass from Chris Marchese, Markus Soberg skated around the defender and his quick shot was too quick for Spencer Martin. Windsor went right back to work, getting the go-ahead goal just over four minutes later. Sam Povorozniouk’s shot to the net through traffic was stopped, but the rebound ended up in front of Ryan Foss. As he put the puck into the open net, the Spits went up 2-1. The lead wouldn’t be withheld as the Steelheads came back to even the game at 2. Brandon Devlin’s shot deflected off of a defender’s stick and over the shoulder of Johnston. With 20 minutes down, the teams were tied at 2.

There was no indication of exhaustion in Windsor’s game, who was playing its third game in three nights. Early in the second, the Spits went to work. Cristiano DiGiacinto’s strong effort behind the net paid off when he through the puck toward the front of the net. Ryan Moore got hold of it, and found Slater Doggett alone in front. He slipped a shot between Martin’s legs to break the tie. As per the theme of the night, Mississauga answered as Sam Babintsev scored his first of two. After some scrambles and bounces, Cianfrone scooped up the puck behind the net. He skated around the net and sent a pass to Babintsev. He tapped it in quickly to tie the game once again before the end of the period.

A little bit of back and forth chances were exchanged in the third before the Spits took another lead. This time, it was Josh Ho-Sang skating end-to-end. He powered past the Steelheads offense and defense before cutting in front of the net and lifting a backhand into the top corner. The lead was short-lived, though; Mississauga scored 41 seconds later. Johnston stopped the initial redirection, but the rebound was too much as Babintsev put the puck in and tied the game at 4.

The score would remain the same until the end of the third as the teams prepped for overtime.

The Spits have only lost one game in overtime this season, and were looking to keep that record. The teams had their share of opportunities, but it was Windsor who pulled off the win. Doggett skated up the middle before firing a tricky wrist-shot from the slot. It fooled Martin and the 4951 fans in attendance rose up and roared. The Spitfires bench cleared as Windsor defeated the Mississauga Steelheads in a 5-4 overtime thriller.

Windsor’s next game is Thursday, October 30th against the Kingston Frontenacs at 7:05pm.

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