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WITH PHOTOS: DiPietro, Lemieux Key In 5-0 Win

Friday January 8th, 2016, 6:44am


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Another amazing performance by the Windsor Spitfires certainly has them proving to be a powerhouse. Thursday night, inside the WFCU Centre, the Spits fired away at the Owen Sound Attack. Brendan Lemieux scored two goals, while Michael DiPietro stopped everything that was thrown his way, as Windsor skated away with a 5-0 shutout win.

Within minutes of the opening faceoff, the Spitfires would hold the game in the palm of their gloves. Half a minute into the first period, the Spits had an early opportunity on the powerplay. On the ensuing penalty, Owen Sound went down another man. Up two players, Windsor went to work to score its first goal. Brendan Lemieux, again, proved his determination as he found himself at the right place at the time. Two Spitfires swatted a loose puck in front before Lemieux put it behind the goaltender. It didn’t take long for them to strike again – just 33 seconds. Windsor’s agility and skill wowed the crowd once more. Gabriel Vilardi, from behind the visiting goalie, sent a backhand pass to Aaron Luchuk in the left circle. A one-touch pass across to Cristiano DiGiacinto completed the quick tic-tac-toe play, and put Windsor up by two. a little over a minute later, the firepower continued. This time, Logan Stanley was set up at the top of the left circle for a one-timer that was too quick for everyone. The rest of the period stayed neutral, with Windsor carrying a 3-0 lead into the second period.

Owen Sound had a bit of life in the middle frame; they played a little faster and harder than Windsor. At one point, the Attack dominated the shots, outshooting the Spits 13-3 in the period. Despite the lack of shots, Windsor still came up with a goal. With time running out in the period, Mikhail Sergachev consequently stepped out of the penalty box. Seconds remained when he received the puck for a breakaway. Skating in one-on-one, he lifted a shot blocker-side and scored to the roar of the crowd. After 40 minutes, the Spits were up a monumental 4-0.

The physicality picked up in the final period as tensions rose for both teams. Players got heated as frustrations built for the visitors. The period featured action at both ends. The Attack couldn’t muster much offense, though. Michael DiPietro kept them at bay. Instead, Lemieux added his second goal of the night to wrap up the scoring. As the puck bounced off the back boards, and rolled out through the crease. With strong efforts, Lemieux powered his way to the front of the net. He stretched to push the puck across the line and give the Spitfires a 5-0. The score would remain as such for the last few minutes. DiPietro’s shutout stayed intact as his team went on to defeat the Owen Sound Attack.

Windsor’s next game at the WFCU Centre is next Thursday, January 14th against the Oshawa Generals at 7:05pm.

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