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Thursday January 19th, 2012, 11:35pm


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With a newly fresh and renovated line-up, the Windsor Spitfires were looking to skate in to tonight’s game and weather the storm ahead. However, the winds of fury were too much for the engines. The Guelph Storm rained on Windsor’s momentum, outscoring the Spits 6-0 in front of a crowd of 5821.

Although the Guelph team arrived late due to the weather, they got off the bus ready to go. Just a minute into the first period, Zack Leslie took a slap shot that was tipped by Tyler Bertuzzi, giving their team an early edge. Shortly after, Hunter Garlent scored his 7th of the season and made it 2-0 Guelph. Windsor could not get into the game after that.

After allowing a 3rd first period goal by Justin Auger, Spits goalie Jaroslav Pavelka was replaced by John Cullen in hopes of regaining control. The Storm offense was too quick and driven though, and ended the first period leading 4-0 after Zack Mitchell scored for his team.

In the beginning of the second period, the Spitfires looked like they had a bit of life. However, a couple penalties would prevent the Spits to amount any offense. Even though Guelph had not scored on their 5-on-3 powerplay, Windsor’s woes weren’t over. Near the end of the period, Guelph added two more goals, from Scott Kosmachuk and Francis Menard, to take a commanding 6-0 lead going into the third.

Guelph seemed to be rolling as the third period started, but they took a holding penalty just 14 seconds in, their first of the game. Unfortunately, Windsor could not capitalize with the extra man. The period would continue with a fighting penalty for Rychel of the Spits, and Leslie of the Storm. Windsor had a penalty plagued period, taking 3 minor penalties throughout the period. That would do it for the young Windsor squad as the Guelph Storm won 6-0.

Windsor’s next game is this Sunday, January 22nd against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Also, on January 28th, Spits fans have an opportunity to meet some of the team as there will be a player appearance, from 12pm to 2pm at the Rogers store in Tecumseh, located at 13300 Tecumseh Road East, in the Green Valley Plaza.

On January 30th, the Spits players will be celebrity servers at the Kelsey’s restaurant, located on Amy Croft Drive, from 6pm to 8pm.

There is also a fan bus going to Mississauga Sunday, February 12th. Seats are right behind the Spits bench. Cost is $60, and the deadline is February 1st. Fans can sign up at the Spits games at the table outside section 114.

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