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Friday March 13th, 2015

Posted at 7:33am

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A season in which the organization remembered 40 years of hockey is coming to an end, and is nearly being capped off with a night to forget for the Windsor Spitfires. Former Spitfire Chris Marchese and the Guelph Storm scored six second period goals against the Spits. Robby Fabbri and Luke Cairns each scored three goals on the night. Guelph went on to easily beat Windsor 9-3 at the WFCU Centre.

Despite the off-putting final score, the Spitfires were off to a good start Thursday night. They were in control early, firing the game’s first three shots toward Guelph goalie Justin Nichols. With a little bit of pressure, they drew the game’s first powerplay. Cristiano DiGiacinto was able to capitalize on Lucas Venuto’s rebound, and swat the puck past Nichols. Windsor had a flurry of chances later as well, but the Storm scored the equalizer a bit over five minutes later. From the corner, Robby Fabbri threw a pass into the slot to Luke Cairns. Once in control of the puck, he drew the goaltender Brendan Johnston out of the net and lifted the puck in. the first period came to an end, tied at one.

After a solid, evenly matched opening period, the assault began for the Storm. Leading the charge was Chris Marchese, who slapped in a puck that rebounded off the end boards and toward the front of the net. following the goal, Windsor was scrambling. The Spitfires went down a goal and seemingly panicked. Guelph quickly put a dent in the collapsing defense. Robby Fabbri scored his first of three on a short breakaway after a nice move. He slid the puck under Johnston’s stretched right pad and in. less than a minute later, Fabbri added his second. From the top of the left circle, his high wrist-shot was too hot for Johnston’s glove. Going down 4-1, coach Bob Boughner brought his goalie to the bench to regroup. Alex Fotinos headed between the pipes, but Guelph was unrelenting. A centering pass to Cairns in the slot was partially broken up, but the Storm forward got hold of the puck and lifted a backhand into the top of the net. As expected, tensions were hot and Windsor’s frustrations showed. The two teams brawled in front of the Guelph bench. As a result, the Spitfires skated away down a player, and the Storm capitalized with the extra man. Fabbri broke in against three Spits players, and the rebound was put away by Cairns for his third of the night. The onslaught continued as Tyler Bertuzzi fired a shot from the right circle and quickly beat Fotinos. It was a six-goal period for the Storm, who led 7-1 after two.

Brendan Johnston was back in net for Windsor to start the third. Though the Spits took an early penalty, they had a shorthanded chance that rang off the post. After killing off the penalty, they worked toward getting the game’s next goal, as Venuto’s shot snuck between Nichols’ pads and in. Later, Windsor would kill a 5-on-3 advantage, but there was no momentum shift. Instead, Fabbri completed his hat trick on a breakaway. A minute and a half later, Jason Dickinson rounded up Guelph’s scoring with a one-timer from the left circle. With time winding down, the Spits were able to get one more past Nichols. Off of a slapshot, Jamie Lewis slapped the rebound into the back of the net, but it was too little too late. The Spits fell hard and rough in a 9-3 loss to the Guelph Storm.

The Spitfires return to the WFCU Centre next Thursday, March 19th at 7:05pm as they host the Erie Otters.

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