WITH PHOTOS: Spits Double Knights In 6-3 Win
Sunday October 25th, 2015
Posted at 9:10pm
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Windsor proved that its win in London a few weeks ago wasn’t a fluke. Sunday afternoon, the boys went to work despite being down seven players. The shortage didn’t stop the team from putting up six goals and coming out with a 6-3 victory over the visiting London Knights.
Before Windsor’s fourth goal, the longest Spitfires lead was just under seven minutes. Back and forth goals kept the score close for most of the game.
Both teams displayed physicality from the get-go. They were each put to the test of fighting off the other. Once the hits settled down, the Spitfires began to pressure the Knights. Their efforts came through three minutes into the period. Rookie Gabriel Vilardi fired a wrist-shot from the left faceoff dot that was too quick for goalie Emanuel Vella. Three and a half minutes later, the Knights evened up the score. Cliff Pu dropped a pass back to Chandler Yakimowicz. His low shot was enough to beat former Knight Michael Giugovaz. With the score tied up, the lead was up for grabs once more. The Spits were the first to pounce on the opportunity to take the lead with a clean slapshot from Jalen Chatfield. The lead was short-lived as the Knights struck back just 41 seconds later. Kole Sherwood’s shot fooled Giugovaz, and tied the game at two late in the period. With twenty minutes down, the Western Conference rivals were squared up at two.
Early in the second, the Spits picked up where they left off. It took just 52 seconds into the period to grab the lead. While on the powerplay, a shot from the point dropped down in a cluster of players. Cristiano DiGiacinto found the puck and swatted it into the net. However, following the pattern of the game, London scored the equalizer a little later. Aaron Berisha snuck past Windsor’s defense. He was easy to spot alone in front as he tapped the puck past the goaltender. The Spits responded in the late stages of the period, once again on a powerplay. Bradley Latour and Cole Carter set up a give-and-go down low. Latour finished off the play and put the puck in the back of the net.
The Spits carried their momentum into the final frame. DiGiacinto continued his hot streak and set up another Windsor goal. After racing down the ice while fighting off a Knight, the star forward dumped and chased the puck in the London zone. The puck was thrown to the front of the net. Vella came out to cover it, but instead, misplayed the puck. Aaron Luchuk was there to slap it in and get the goal. Soon after, London maintained their physicality and ended up running over the Windsor goalie. Giugovaz recovered, sat up and caught his breath before rising to the applause of the fans. The Knights continued to head up the ice with bursts of speed, but the Spits were ready and waiting. The visitors couldn’t come up with many quality shots. With time ticking down, the Knights pulled their goalie. An open net at the other end, Windsor cleared the puck, and Carter fired it in. the Spitfires cap off another weekend with a powerful 6-3 win over the London Knights.
The Spitfires’ next game is Thursday, October 29th at 7:05pm as they face the Flint Firebirds at the WFCU Centre.