WITH PHOTOS: Spitfires Dominate Generals

Friday January 15th, 2016

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Photos: Tim Cornett/WindsorSpitfires.com

It was a one-sided bout from the start. The Windsor Spitfires matched up against the defending Memorial Cup Champions Oshawa Generals Thursday night at the WFCU Centre, and simply did what they’ve been doing. Windsor restrained the Generals to just 11 shots in the game, as the Spitfires purely dominated in a 4-1 win.

The Spitfires were hot right out of the gates. They opened the game by firing the first seven shots toward Jeremy Brodeur. Windsor maintained excellent puck possession and movement, as well as control. With this kind of pressure being put on the Generals, it was simply a matter of time. Brendan Lemieux continued to shine as he scored his 23rd goal of the season. Nifty passing from the Spits on the powerplay allowed Christian Fischer to find Lemieux skating in uncontested. It was the period’s only goal as Windsor took a 1-0 lead – and an impressive 15-1 shot advantage – to the locker room.

After a dominant first period, the Spits kept the ball rolling. Fischer, who played an outstanding opening period, got himself a goal. His efforts paid off when he battled for the puck in the crease. The forward found it loose and swatted it in. not long after the goal, however, the Spitfires ran into penalty trouble. They took three straight, leaving Oshawa with a huge 5-on-3 opportunity. It paid dividends for them as the visitors cut the lead in half with eight minutes to play in the period. The puck initially ricocheted off a few legs before settling onto Anthony Cirelli’s stick. He had an open net to shoot on, and did he found the back of it. The Spitfires weren’t fazed, though. They kept the pressure and came out with big chances, including a penalty shot. Hayden McCool had been hooked on a breakaway and was awarded the shot. Unfortunately, Brodeur made the important save to keep the lead at one. Near the end of the period, however, the Spitfires would come up with a goal. Lemieux found Connor Chatham standing in front. Chatham fought off the defender and managed to push the puck across the line. With a period to play, Windsor led 3-1.

The game’s next goal would determine how things would play out in the end. Oshawa’s goaltender made sure to keep his team in it as he came up with two incredible timely saves against Windsor’s slick offense. On top of those saves from in close, he was able to stop Fischer on two separate breakaways, within seconds of each other. With only three minutes remaining, on the powerplay, the Generals called for a timeout to draw up a play. At first, they had good control in the Windsor end. It didn’t take the Spits long to break the play up, though. Bradley Latour showed Fischer how it was done as he burst in on a breakaway of his own. The forward beat Brodeur shorthanded to seal the deal. Windsor fought off the defending champions with a 4-1 win.

The Spits return to the WFCU Centre next Thursday, January 21st to take on the Flint Firebirds at 7:05pm.

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