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Friday October 10th, 2014

Posted at 12:11am

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At a time of almost desperation, the Spitfires came through. A see-saw battle between Windsor and Peterborough needed extra time to find a victor. Thursday night, Chris Marchese was the hero, as he scored his second goal of the game with 20 seconds remaining in overtime. The Spits held on until the end and beat the Petes 5-4 at the WFCU Centre.

Much like previous games, the Spitfires had no trouble coming out with fire and energy. Windsor’s veterans came together to score two goals in the opening eight minutes – both goals in 1:35. Getting things going was none other than Chris Marchese, who got his third goal of the season off a pass to the front from Markus Soberg. Cristiano DiGiacinto added a goal a minute and a half later. Sam Povorozniouk’s shot hit off the end boards and DiGiacinto slapped the bounce past Dylan Wells. Peterborough soon took control though; the Petes fired back for three quick goals. In a span of four minutes and nine seconds, Steven Lorentz, Eric Cornel, and Anthony Stefano put the Petes ahead. First, Lorentz followed up on a play to lift the puck over a downed Alex Fotinos. Next, Cornel scooped up a rebound to beat the goalie. Wrapping up the scoring for the period was Stefano, who deflected the puck past Fotinos. The Spits were down 3-2 after five-goal first period.

The passing game must have been a point of interest for coach Bob Boughner during the intermission. The Spitfires began connecting passes more consistently and opening up the ice a lot more. It wasn’t until the last-minute of play that Ryan Foss scored his first of two goals to tie the game for Windsor. From a faceoff, the puck was sent to the net, and Foss stuffed it under Wells. On the ensuing goal, scuffles broke out that had Graeme Brown landing heavy punches onto Matthew Spencer. With 40 minutes played, the teams were even at 3 goals apiece.

The Petes didn’t waste any time taking the lead in the last frame. Less than two minutes in, Cornel scored his second of the game with a wrist-shot that bested Fotinos. Not to be outdone, Foss and the Spitfires responded a minute and a half later. Before the goalie could cover the puck with his glove, Foss swatted it under him and in, scoring his second as well. The Spits started putting stronger more pressure on the Petes. While on a powerplay, the puck narrowly missed the net and hit numerous posts, but never crossed the goal line. At the tail end of the period, things got heated. Connor Boland and Liam Murray were about to duke it out before Greg Betzold jumped into the fray. DiGiacinto stepped in to pull the third man away and hit some big shots on the Petes player. Windsor ended up short-handed, but they survived until the end of the period, as the teams headed to overtime with a 4-4 tie.

Back and forth, the Spits and Petes battled in the extra period. Each team had their chances, but when the Spitfires had the opportunity to close the game, they did just that. Time was winding down as Windsor broke into the visitors’ zone. Trevor Murphy slid a pass into the slot to Chris Marchese. He drew the puck back, and let a fierce shot go. The puck made its way through the goalie on the blocker side and in. the Spitfires cleared their bench in excitement as Windsor hung on to defeat Peterborough 5-4 in overtime.

Windsor is back on home ice this Thursday, October 16th against the Saginaw Spirit at 7:05pm.

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