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Friday December 5th, 2014

Posted at 7:32am

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Windsor was hoping to carry the momentum it had gained from its two previous wins, but that would not be the case. Trying to rally back for most of the game, the Spitfires simply ran out of power. Once grounded, the Greyhounds ran rampant. Bryan Moore and Blake Speers each had a three-point night for Sault Ste. Marie as the visiting ‘Hounds chomped through the Spitfires 8-5 at the WFCU Centre.

Windsor’s turnovers and giveaways were becoming key factors early on and the Greyhounds pounced on the advantages. Just over two minutes in, the visitors scored the game’s first goal when Blake Speers’ wrist-shot made its way to the back of the net. Less than a minute later, goalie Brendan Johnston had no chance as Keigan Goetz found Kyle Jenkins for a one-timer out front. The Spitfires bounced back soon enough with a goal of their own. Ryan Moore cut the lead in half later on a wrap-around that snuck between the post and Joseph Raaymakers’ pad. Unfortunately, Speers struck again and regained Sault Ste. Marie’s two-goal lead as he redirected the puck past Johnston. The Spits weren’t completely out of it. They pushed for another goal before the period’s end. This time it was Markus Soberg who deflected the puck past the goaltender. Windsor got away with a one-goal deficit, heading to the locker room down 3-2 after one period.

A penalty at the end of the first gave the Spits a powerplay opportunity to start the second. They couldn’t quite tie the game on the man-advantage. On the other hand, the Greyhounds were able to capitalize on the powerplay near the midway point of the period. following a couple of tips, the puck bounced up and over Johnston as Windsor went down by two once more. Four minutes later, a cross-ice pass made its way to Sergey Tolchinsky and he buried the puck into the open side to take a 5-2 lead. The pair of Soo goals closed out the scoring for the period, as the ‘Hounds outshot Windsor 13-4 in the period.

The Spitfires needed a spark in the third and they found it early. On the powerplay, Sam Povorozniouk returned a pass to Trevor Murphy at the point as he fired a slapshot straight in. the defenseman’s goal put Windsor within two. Clawing back into the game, the Spits quickly scored another. Setting up another goal, Povorozniouk threw the puck out front into the bodies, and Cristiano DiGiacinto slapped it into the net. The Spitfires got a scare shortly after as the Greyhounds rang the puck off the post. The Spits brushed it off and kept working. Their efforts paid off when Slater Doggett skated out from the near-corner and lifted a shot past Raaymakers’ glove. The game was now tied at 5 – however, the gas ran out. After playing from behind for most of the game, the Spits finally caught up, but to no avail. When Windsor couldn’t clear the puck, Goetz spun around to fire a shot past Johnston. The turn of events continued when Bryan Moore’s shot beat the goaltender high-glove side. The ‘Hounds capped off their scoring with an empty net goal in the final minutes. Sault Ste. Marie dominated and won 8-5.

Windsor will return to the WFCU Centre Saturday, December 6th to face the North Bay Battalion. The game is also Windsor’s annual Teddy Bear Toss.

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