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Friday February 5th, 2016

Posted at 6:45am

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Tim Cornett/WindsorSpitfires.com

Despite a rollercoaster of a weekend, the Windsor Spitfires bounced back in a big way. They were shutout last Sunday, but recovered and skated away with a definite and dominant win Thursday night. Mario Culina made 16 saves, while Christian Fischer added two goals and an assist in Windsor’s 6-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves at the WFCU Centre.

Windsor came out with speed and just started firing off shots toward the Sudbury net. The flurries had the crowd buzzing. When the midway point of the period came around, the shots paid off as Windsor grabbed the lead. Christian Fischer scored his first by blasting a shot from the right circle past Troy Timpano. A bit over a minute later, the Spitfires thought that they had gone up by two. Further review of the play was inconclusive, though. Mikhail Sergachev’s shot off the crossbar, and then the post, never distinctly crossed the line. Although disappointed, Windsor still took a 1-0 lead to the locker room after 20 minutes. The team held a 15-2 shot advantage over the visitors.

In the second period, the battles began as the Wolves were landing unexpected shots on the Spitfires. The Spitfires wouldn’t do much to retaliate – except simply add another goal. This time, Sergachev made no mistake of putting the puck across the line. He skated from one side of the ice before crossing into the middle. He glided between one player, and around two others, before he nonchalantly fired a shot over the goalie’s glove. He made it look easy as he put Windsor up by two. Sudbury cut the lead in half with five and a half minutes remaining in the period. The play started with a Windsor giveaway, and Sudbury took advantage. Once they had solid puck possession, they cycled to set up the goal. Jarett Meyer centered a pass that found Danny Desrochers as he put it in the back of the net. The period slowly came to close, with Windsor up 2-1. Following the whistle and the buzzer, however, Michael Pezzetta crunched Brendan Lemieux with a late hit.

As a result of how the second period ended, the Spitfires started the third on the powerplay. The offense wasted no time, taking only 15 seconds to regain their two-goal lead. Bolting toward the net, Fischer cut across and lifted a backhand shot under the blocker for his second of the game. Two minutes later, Lemieux got his payback by scoring a goal of his own. He raced along the left-side boards and beat Timpano glove side. Even with its two quick goals, Windsor just kept piling on the pressure. Cole Carter would add a goal later when he raised a shot to the roof of the net. Just minutes remained, and the Spitfires were decidedly in the lead. The Wolves had a hard time getting past Windsor’s defense and controlling its offense. They soon took a penalty, in which the Spits would wrap up the goals. Fischer sent a cross ice pass to Aaron Luchuk in front. He sent the puck to Luke Boka on the other side of the net, and he tapped it in for his team’s sixth of the night. Windsor made easy work of the visiting Sudbury Wolves, winning 6-1.

The team gets a break, and then returns to the WFCU Centre Saturday night to face a tough Erie Otters team. Puck drop is 7:05pm.

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