Spitfires Shine In 4-1 Win

Friday February 13th, 2015

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The playoff race is on, and Windsor is sneaking in. Just five points out of a spot, the Spitfires were in a must-win position Thursday night. The defense and offense certainly showed up to play. Outshooting the visitors 41-19, the final score counted most for Windsor, as the Spits beat the Kitchener Rangers 4-1 in Windsor.

In the early stages of the game, Kitchener was clearly the faster team. The Rangers pressured the Spitfires, and eventually scored the opening goal less than two minutes in. Dmitrii Sergeev’s shot fooled Alex Fotinos after deflecting off a defenseman’s stick. The puck lobbed awkwardly in the air before falling into the net. It seemed as if Windsor would have a slow start, but the tam countered shortly after with a goal of its own. From behind the net, Slater Doggett threw a centering pass out front to Markus Soberg. With Jake Paterson out of position, he buried the puck into the back of the net. At the other end, Fotinos recovered and followed up the great offense with solid goaltending. He was a wall and made key saves to ensure the visitors did not take control. Contrarily, the Spitfires were the ones to jump on top thanks to Cristiano DiGiacinto. On a somewhat broken play, Sam Povorozniouk’s drop pass to Trevor Murphy ended up back on his stick. He then found DiGiacinto skating in toward the net. DiGiacinto didn’t fully get his stick on the puck, but it was enough to beat the goalie. The goal put the Spitfires up 2-1, and the score would remain until the end of the first.

Windsor was really starting to open up the ice. The Spits cycled the puck very well and were clearly looking for the next goal. It didn’t take long as Logan Brown put away a loose puck. Two Spitfires fought for a rebound following a shot from Patrick Sanvido. Ultimately, Brown stepped in to lift the puck into the net and Windsor a two-goal lead. Despite being up by a pair of goals, the Spits wanted an insurance goal against a tough Rangers team. After a few chances, Windsor did get the goal that would extend its lead to three. The Spitfires broke up a pass and Anthony Stefano was off to the races. He and Murphy burst down the ice on a two-on-one. Stefano thought about passing, but instead fired a shot that froze Paterson. Windsor had a commanding 4-1 lead after two periods. In the second, the Spits outshot the Rangers a whopping 18-6.

The pace was a little livelier in the final period. Although scoreless, the teams took turns skating up and down the ice. Windsor had numerous chances to add another goal by starting the period on a long powerplay. The opportunities kept coming as Kitchener took back-to-back delay of game penalties. The Spitfires hit the post a couple of times, but could not sneak the puck in. time ticked away with the teams setting up plays and the final buzzer rang. A low-shooting period ended in Windsor’s favour, as did the game. The Spits earned a 4-1 win over the Kitchener Rangers.

Windsor returns to the WFCU Centre this Sunday, February 15th to take on the Niagara Ice Dogs at 2:05pm.

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