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Sunday November 16th, 2014

Posted at 9:55pm

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Windsor had a hard time matching Sault Ste. Marie’s agility Sunday afternoon at the WFCU Centre. The Greyhounds proved to be too quick for the Spitfires. The Spits couldn’t quite catch the Greyhounds as Sault Ste. Marie took the 4-2 win over Windsor.

During the opening minutes, Windsor established itself as a strong, defensive team. Its blue line was a solid wall; the Greyhounds couldn’t breach the barricade. When the chance to break out was there, the Spitfires pounced on it. Trevor Murphy put Windsor on the board first with a wicked wrist-shot that beat goalie Brandon Halverson high glove side. The Spits came close to going up by a pair of goals following a late flurry. Windsor couldn’t slip the puck in, but it remained in the lead at the end of the first.

The Greyhounds evened the game at one after beginning the second period with plenty of pressure. Darnell Nurse entered the Windsor zone and his shot tricked Alex Fotinos. The Spitfires just could not keep up with the agile Greyhounds. The opportunities certainly favoured the visitors, but the Spitfires escaped with a 1-1 tie by the end of the period.

In the third, Sault Ste. Marie’s pressure was starting to get to the Spits. Fotinos came up huge, especially on a point-blank shot. Windsor was failing to clear the puck and the Greyhounds took advantage. First, to break the tie, Gabe Guertler caught a slap-pass from Tyler Ganly right in front of the night. alone, he slipped the puck around the goaltender and in. Later, the ‘Hounds struck while shorthanded. Windsorite Anthony Salinitri scored his first of the season in front of a hometown crowd. Jean Dupuy picked off a pass before springing Salinitri on a short breakaway. His burst of speed and quick shot put the ‘Hounds ahead by two. The Spitfires had three straight powerplays but couldn’t seem to connect – until that third man advantage. Newest addition Hayden McCool jumped on a rebound in the crease to cut the lead in half with his first goal as a Spitfire. Now within one, the Spits had fire in their spirits. On numerous occasions, they were just a step behind the Greyhounds. As a result, the visitors would add an empty-net goal after Guertler won the foot race. The buzzer sounded and Windsor fell to Sault Ste. Marie 4-2.

The Spitfires are back at the WFCU Centre this Thursday, November 20th to take on the Sarnia Sting at 7:05pm.

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