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Monday February 2nd, 2015

Posted at 7:54am

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On a frigid Sunday afternoon in February in Windsor, Slater Doggett and Brendan Johnston really turned up the heat. Doggett picked up five points, connecting on each of Windsor’s goals. Meanwhile, Johnston made flurries of huge saves to essentially save the game for his team. The Spitfires went on to beat the Belleville Bulls 5-2.

Penalties were a real issue for Belleville in the first period. The Spitfires connected on two of the five advantages, both goals being scored by Slater Doggett. Thanks to some early pressure, the Spits drew a penalty, and would grab a 1-0 lead. Doggett skated from the slot to the left circle and fired a wicked shot past Connor Hicks. He put his team up by two late in the period on another powerplay, this time a 5-on-3. Once again, his wrist-shot was too hot to handle for Hicks, as he beat the goalie glove side. The Spitfires led 2-0 after the first period.

Less than two minutes into the second, Windsor’s Luke Kirwan took a tripping penalty. On the ensuing powerplay, Brendan Johnston stood tall in net for Windsor. The young goalie made big, timely stops. As luck would have it, Doggett got a hold of the puck as Kirwan stepped out of the box. He found the forward in the neutral zone, and Kirwan skated in on a breakaway. He beat Hicks with a speedy forehand-backhand move as the Spits took a giant three-goal lead. The Bulls came close later when the puck was put into the net. However, the goal was disallowed due to incidental contact with the goalie. Moments later, the Bulls were denied again as the puck rang off the cross-bar. The third time was the charm as Belleville finally put the puck past Johnston with less than two minutes to play in the period. On a nice passing play, Adam Laishram found Stephen Harper beside the net. He, in turn, swung a backhand pass across to Jordan Subban, who shot it over a diving Johnston. Windsor had a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Throughout the third, fair share of opportunities were there for both teams. The Spits tried to stay on top, the Bulls wanted to cut the lead to one. With Windsor a little more laid back, Belleville struck. David Tomasek skated from the right circle before firing a low backhand shot past Johnston. Plenty of time remained in the now one-goal game. The Spits nearly went up by two again as the puck trickled onto the goal line, but it never crossed. Back and forth, the teams battled up and down the ice. Down to the last couple of minutes, the Bulls pulled their goalie. Doggett cleared the puck, setting off a footrace. Hayden McCool made it to the puck first and slapped it into the empty net. In a last-ditch effort, Belleville again brought its goalie to the bench. It would do no good because Doggett found Markus Soberg, and he fired the puck into the open net. With the empty-netters, Windsor defeated Belleville 5-2.

The Spitfires will be in action Thursday, February 5th as they host the Owen Sound Attack at 7:05pm.

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