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Friday October 24th, 2014

Posted at 8:02am

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It was a battle of goaltenders Thursday night at the WFCU Centre. Alex Fotinos and Alex Nedeljkovic, respectively earning second and first stars, made great saves for their team. The Plymouth offense, however, would score the game’s lone goal against the Windsor goalie. The Whalers handed the Spitfires another loss, beating them 1-0 in Windsor.

The only goal of the game was scored early in the first. Plymouth went right to work and it paid off less than three minutes in. the Whalers broke out of their end on a 3-on-2. Victor Crus Rydberg slid a pass across to Will Bitten, who in turn sent the puck across to Danny Vanderwiel, and he tapped it into the open net. Windsor had the opportunity to tie things up right after as Plymouth took a pair of penalties. Its best chance came off a slapshot from Trevor Murphy, when the rebound was sent off the crossbar. For much of the first period, the visitors blocked passing lanes and shooting lanes to keep the Spits at bay, and the score 1-0.

Though the second was scoreless, Windsor worked hard, looking for the equalizer. The Spitfires put pressure on Plymouth, fighting and pushing for great chances. The Whalers stopped anything that the Spits threw at them to maintain their one-goal lead.

The chances slightly shifted early in the third period. Pressure from the Whalers kept Windsor in its own zone, eventually leading to a Plymouth powerplay. Its units missed the net a few times and the Spits were able to come back with opportunities of their own. Late in the game, after a flurry of chances, Fotinos headed to the bench for the extra player. The Whalers soon forced a turnover and skated out on a 2-on-1 toward the empty net. Josh Ho-Sang speedily caught up and put a stop to the play. The Spits saved another empty-net goal later, but time was running out. The final seconds ticked down as Windsor fell to the Plymouth Whalers 1-0.

Windsor plays their third game in three nights back in Windsor, this Saturday, against the Mississauga Steelheads at 7:05pm.

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