2014 Ends With A Loss

Wednesday December 31st, 2014

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The Windsor Spitfires will end the year on a losing note. After struggling for most of the first half of the season, the Spits were looking to finish the year with a win. A grueling home-and-home series left Windsor with a win and a loss as they fell to the Plymouth Whalers 6-4 Wednesday afternoon at the WFCU Centre.

To begin the first period, the pace of the game was a bit slow. Windsor came up with the only good scoring chance on a cross-ice pass – until Liam Murray stepped in. A centering pass from behind the net from Trevor Murphy found Murray, whose one-timer beat goalie Zack Bowman. A little over two minutes later, Plymouth retaliated as Mitch Jones’ quick shot off a faceoff found its way past Alex Fotinos. The Spits scored four first period goals yesterday, but finished the opening at a 1-1 standstill today.

The Whalers started the second period on a power-play, and it took the visitors just 28 seconds to take the lead. Vincent Scognamiglio tipped Gianluca Curcuruto’s slapshot behind Fotinos. Plymouth took a two-goal lead later as Nicholas Caamano skated around the sliding defender before finding Victor Crus Rydberg out front. Soon after, the Windsor came within one thanks to Ryan Moore. He snuck a shot in short-side with a sharp-angled shot. The Whalers were relentless though as they put pressure on the Spits defense. They got away with a call, and ended up scoring on the play to the highly disagreeing crowd. Plymouth was on top 4-2 after 40 minutes.

In order to try to shake things up for the Whalers, the Spits opted for a goalie change to begin the final frame. However, the switch didn’t fool Plymouth’s offense as the team struck to go up 5-2 only 33 seconds in. a slapshot from the point was just too quick for Brendan Johnston. Windsor picked up the pace after that, coming up with great opportunities. And their efforts came through. Markus Soberg dropped a pass back to Murphy. His shot powered its way through a defender’s stick and into the net. Later, Cristiano DiGiacinto made a fantastic one-man play as he blocked a shot and took off on a breakaway. He skated down full speed down the ice and bested Bowman to bring the Spitfires within one once again. In the late stages of the period, Windsor pulled its goalie to try to tie the game. Despite coming close, the Whalers stuck the dagger into the Spitfires with an empty-net goal. Windsor fell to Plymouth 6-4 in their last game of the year 2014.

The Spitfires will be back at the WFCU Centre in 2015 on Thursday, January 15th to face the Sudbury Wolves at 7:05pm.

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