The Windsor Spitfires win a thriller in OT, on home ice to draw even, for top spot in the standings with a win over the Greyhounds. In a playoff atmosphere and a very loud WFCU arena, fans were treated to an exciting and maybe the most epic game of the season thus far.
Windsor - Dec. 17, 2021: Spitfires win a thriller in OT, on home ice to draw even, for top spot in the standings with a win over the Greyhounds. In a playoff atmosphere and a very loud WFCU arena, fans were treated to an exciting and maybe the most epic game of the season thus far.
The Spitfires started strong in the first period, outshooting the Greyhounds 19-5 and leading on the scoreboard 2-0 after one period. Hometown, Tecumseh native, Matthew Maggio scored his 9th goal of the season after a nice pass from Johnston to set up the first goal of the contest. Less than nine minutes later the Spitfires take a 2-0 lead on a nice goal from D’Amico, notching his 7th goal of the season.
In the second period the Greyhounds came out strong and scored a power play goal, by Robert Calisti at 8:33 into the frame. Momentum was quickly shattered a minute later, as Renwick fed Wyatt Johnston who ripped a wrist shot past Greyhounds, Goaltender Tucker Tynan, to restore a two goal lead, making it 3-1 Spitfires. Dallas Stars draft pick, Johnston leads the team with 42 points on the season, in just 25 games. At the 13:51 mark of the second period, Greyhounds leading goal scorer Tye Kartye scored his 22nd goal of the season to narrow the lead to 3-2. Shots after two periods were 30-23 in favor of the Spitfires.
In the third period the Greyhounds tied the game at 5:54 with a goal by Marco Mignosa, scoring his 6th of the season. Spitfires Goaltender, Kyle Downey kept his team in the game making some key saves throughout the third period, forcing overtime. Downey is quickly becoming a hometown favorite between the pipes and forcing coaching staff, to make some key decisions.
Quickly in overtime, Defenseman Louka Henault forced a turnover and Johnston was quick up the ice to feed Henault, who wristed the winning goal at :24 into overtime.
Fans we treated to a highly skilled performance, by two of the league’s top teams.
The Spitfires squad are starting to look like the team that was ranked 8th in the CHL heading into the 2021-2022 season. The Spitfires take to the ice in Saginaw on Friday, December 17th to take on the Spirit. Heading into the Christmas break, the Spitfires can enjoy the Holiday Season on a high note and fans will be excited to have them return to the ice, on December 31st to face Flint at the WFCU.