67’s Blow Spitfires Out Of The Sky
Thursday January 9th, 2014
Posted at 11:21pm
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Trying to shake off a rough weekend, the Windsor Spitfires came out looking good. Brady Vail would score two first period goals and Alex Fotinos was standing tall. The tides quickly turned though. Ottawa scored three second period goals, and four more in the third. The Spitfires lose their third straight, this one to the Ottawa 67’s by a score of 8-3.
Brady Vail started things off for his team just over a minute into the game. Josh Ho-Sang stole the puck in his zone, and then sprung Vail free on a breakaway. The speedy star let a quick shot go to beat goalie Philippe Trudeau. Ottawa eventually battled back and tied the game on a similar shot from Travis Konecny. The Spitfires were swift to recover and regained the lead. Vail scored his second after bursting into the offensive zone. He fired a shot from almost the same spot as his first goal. After 20 minutes, the Spits were up 2-1.
With the way the first period ended, it seemed as if Windsor was in control of the game. However, the winds changed direction. Ottawa took over and became unstoppable. In the second, the 67’s scored three straight against Alex Fotinos. Jonathan Duchesne got the equalizer with a low wrist shot. Brendan Bell scored, from in close, the go-ahead goal for the 67’s on the power-play after great puck cycling by the visitors. Erik Bradford put Ottawa up by two when he picked up Konecny’s rebound and shot it into the back of the net. Two periods down, and Windsor was down by two.
Ottawa didn’t relent in the final period; the 67’s continued their scoring with another two goals in the early stages of the third. Bell found the loose puck after a scramble and lifted it over Fotinos. Next, on a 2-on-1, Ryan Van Stralen waited patiently before send a pass to Konecny, who scored his second.
Down 6-2, Vail and his linemates refused to give up. As the puck hit the post and bounced, Vail pounced on it and shot toward the net. It ricocheted off a 67’s defender and slid in. the goal was Vail’s third of the night.
Unfortunately, Ottawa halted Windsor’s hopes just over a minute later. Right from the faceoff, Van Stralen’s shot beat Fotinos. Connor Graham rounded up the scoring later when he skated in to tap in a loose puck. The Spitfires suffer an 8-3 loss Thursday night, at the WFCU Centre.
Windsor’s next home game is Thursday, January 16th against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 7:05pm.