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Third Period Collapse Downs Spitfires

Friday February 6th, 2015, 8:57am


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Windsor had the game in the bag, but Owen Sound wanted it more. The Spitfires gave up the lead twice Thursday night, and also allowed four goals in the third period. The visiting Attack rallied to hand the Spits another loss, this one by a score of 7-5 inside the WFCU Centre.

The Spits didn’t get the start they were hoping for as the Attack controlled much of the play. While commanding the pace of the game, Owen Sound got on the board first. Skating out from the corner, Connor Walters found Holden Cook in front for the goal. Windsor was being outplayed for most of the first. After a few small chances here and there, the Spitfires fired back with a goal of their own. Slater Doggett kept his point-streak alive when his rebound landed on Luke Kirwan’s stick. He put the puck into the net to tie the game. The score would remain the same as the teams took a 1-1 tie into the first intermission.

Early in the second, Brendan Johnston had to be sharp because the Attack were pushing for the lead. It was actually Windsor grabbing the advantage on the man-advantage. Doggett set up Logan Brown fired a slapshot from the right circle that beat Jack Finn high-glove side. With his second assist of the game, Doggett recorded his seventh straight point in two games. A little over six minutes later, Brown scored his second of the night. He swatted at a loose puck in the crease that bounced up and over a downed Finn. Then, within a span of 1:08, Owen Sound silenced the crowd and evened the game at 3. First, Damir Sharipzyanov’s slapshot from the blue line cut Windsor’s lead to one. Shortly after, under pressure by the Attack, Johnston couldn’t quite control a rebound. It was scooped up and slapped in by Jaden Lindo to tie the game. Just like that, the momentum tilted into Owen Sound’s favour. After 40 minutes, the game was at a 3-3 standstill.

With the energy in their hands, the Attack scored early in the third to get the go-ahead goal. Erik Bradford got hold of the puck in front and put it in. the Spitfires weren’t ready to sit back. Less than two minutes later, Jamie Lewis found a bouncing puck in the crease and tapped it in. moments later, the forward struck again for his second of the night. Anthony Stefano’s rebound bounced out to Lewis, and he lifted the puck over Finn’s pad. The Attack kept pressing and picked up the equalizer once more. A blocked shot redirected right to Thomas Schemitsch and he one-timed the puck into the open net. Only minutes remained when Owen Sound grabbed the lead for good. Chris Bigras’ wrist-shot from the point, through traffic, made its way to the back of the net. The Spitfires tried to tie the game by pulling the goalie and getting the extra player. However, despite Doggett blocking a shot on the empty net, the Attack were able to slide the puck in. the Spitfires fell 7-5 to the Owen Sound Attack.

Windsor’s next game at the WFCU Centre is Thursday, February 12th at 7:05pm when they face the Kitchener Rangers.

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