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Friday March 20th, 2015

Posted at 2:39pm

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Despite putting up a valiant effort, the Windsor Spitfires end their year at home with a loss. A strong third period from the Erie Otters proved to be the difference maker. They scored three times to deliver Windsor its final home loss of the 2014-2015 season. The Spitfires fell 7-4 before a sellout crowd of 6539 at the WFCU Centre.

Prior to the game, Lucas Venuto, Jamie Lewis and Slater Doggett were honoured with Windsor Spitfires jerseys as the over-ager trio played in their last OHL home game.

The visitors got on the board first off of a fluke bounce. Alex Fotinos went behind the net to stop the puck, and it deflected toward the front of the net. Mason Marchment was there to tap it into the open net and give his team an early 1-0 lead. The Spitfires didn’t fret though. They played their game and had good chances. They took a powerplay, but they turned a negative into a positive. Jamie Lewis scooped up a loose puck and burst down the ice along the right boards. He cut across the net with a forehand-backhand move and lifted the puck over the goalie and in. The game tied, the teams were hunting for the next goal. It didn’t take Erie long to strike again and regain its lead. After the initial shot was blocked, the puck settled in the slot, where Kyle Makismovich wound up for a slapshot goal. Only down a goal, Fotinos was stood tall in net and came up with huge stops as he kept his team in the game. At the end of the first, Erie was up 2-1.

The Spitfires didn’t skip a beat in the second. They came out with energy and drive. The one-goal deficit didn’t faze them, and it showed in their play. Their efforts paid off quickly as Trevor Murphy truly showcased his speed. From behind his net, the defenseman flew up the ice and cut around players. He got into Erie’s zone and fired a shot through a screen that beat Devin Williams. Just 27 seconds later, however, the Otters quieted the raucous crowd and took back the lead. After failing on his wraparound, Dylan Strome grabbed the puck and fired a shot past the scrambling goaltender. The Spitfires wouldn’t go away, as they responded 23 seconds later with another tying goal. Daniil Vertiy skated around the defenseman before cutting in front of the goalie. He lost control of the puck, but Sam Povorozniouk was there to pick up the pieces and slap it in. three goals in 50 seconds had the fans riled up. The crowd had more to cheer about when the Spits got their first lead of the game just under nine minutes in. on a powerplay rush, Markus Soberg incredibly kicked back a pass to Lucas Venuto. He faked his first shot, then fired and beat Williams to grab a 4-3 advantage. Before the end of the period, the Otters would tie it up though. A short tic-tac-toe passing play down low was good for a goal. With two periods down, the score was 4-4.

An early post by Erie set the tone for the third period. Windsor kept its offensive flow as the team fought for its chances. After back and forth opportunities, the Otters regained their lead for good. Alex DeBrincat drew Fotinos low and lifted the puck over him and into the net with less than ten minutes to play. The Spits couldn’t put away their scoring chances and in return, the Otters added another. Fotinos made two great, initial saves in front, but the third attempt was too much, as Nicholas Baptiste scored the goal. Erie would add one more with a 2-on-1 empty-netter. In their last home game of the season, the Spitfires were defeated 7-4 by the Erie Otters.

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