(Photo Via: CBC.ca/Adrian Wyld)
WINDSOR – The Windsor Spitfires ended Erie’s four game winning streak on Sunday afternoon. The Spitfires won the game by a score of 7-3 at their home rink, allowing them to keep pace with Guelph and Saginaw as the three teams battle for playoff positioning.
The Otters were able to strike first as captain Kyle Maksimovich scored his 27th goal of the season. The Hamilton, Ont., native, who extends his point streak to 6-games, now has 58 points on the season, in 59 games. Maksimovich averaged a point per game last season with 64 points in as many games. Maksimovich hasn’t had a multi-point night since January 11th, when he scored two goals in a 5-4 road SO loss to Niagara.
The Spitfires would respond before the period was over. With just 3:50 remaining in the opening stanza, Tyler Angle of Thorold, Ont., scored his 8th goal of the season. Angle has been struggling to find the scoresheet this season, but his 8th of the year marked his 2nd goal in four games.
The 2nd period is when the wheels fell off for the Otters. Mathew MacDougall scored his 15th of the season 8:30 into the middle frame to open the flood gates for the Spitfires. This was MacDougall’s 1st goal in four games. Before that, he had 5 goals in his previous 3 games.
Curtis Douglas would join the action 5:06 later as his 19th of the season put the Spitfires up 3-1. The Oakville, Ont., native who was dealt from Barrie earlier in the year, hadn’t found the scoresheet in his previous three games.
2:40 later, Cody Morgan would score his 8th goal of the season which would end up being the eventual game-winning goal. Morgan, the rookie out of Richmond Hill, Ont., would add another goal in the 3rd period to give him just his 2nd career multi-goal game. The other came back on February 18th when he scored two goals in 7-0 Windsor route of Flint. Morgan now has 5 goals and 7 assists in 24 games since being acquired by Windsor from Kingston. In comparison, Morgan had 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points in 31 games played to start his career with the Frontenacs.
Tyler Angle would add his 2nd goal of the game just 0:44 after Cody Morgan’s first goal. This marks Angle’s first multi-goal game since December 28th when he scored two goals in the Spitfires 5-0 win over the Sarnia Sting. Angle ended a 21 game goalless drought, with his marker against Flint on February 18th, he missed the scoresheet in the last two games before scoring two this afternoon.
Josh Wainman would score his 4th of the season midway through the 3rd period, cutting the Spitfires lead to 5-2. The Peterborough, Ont., native hadn’t made it on the score sheet in the last 7 games before scoring that marker in the final frame.
Hayden Fowler would then score for Erie to cut the lead to 5-3, but that’s as close as the Otters would get. The 16 year old Fowler, from Kingston, Ont., now has 6 goals and 5 assists in 20 games since joining the Otters in that blockbuster trade that sent Taylor Raddysh the other way to Sault Ste. Marie. In comparison, Fowler had just 2 goals and 2 assists in 33 games with the Greyhounds, before being dealt along with NINE draft picks.
Luke Kutkevicius would score his 10th of the season for the Spitfires just 4:27 after the Fowler goal, to seal the deal and give Windsor a 6-3 lead. Cody Morgan would add his 2nd of the game just 0:43 seconds after the Kutkevicius goal. Kutkevicius, a native of Toronto, Ont., scored in his 3rd straight game, and his 5th goal in his last six games. Kutkevicius had just five goals on the season before his last six games played, where he also has five goals.
Daniel Murphy was on the hook for all 7 goals in the Otters net. The rookie out of Guelph, Ont., who had just recorded his first career shutout two starts ago, picked up his first regulation loss since February 9th in a 4-1 loss to London. Since that loss he had been 3-0-1 with a 0.951 SV% and a 1.52 GAA coming into tonights game.
Michael DiPietro recorded the win in net for the Spitfires, making 27 saves on 30 shots. The Amherstburg, Ont., native now has a 26-18-3 record on the season, with a 2.77 GAA and a 0.912 SV%. He is now 5-1-1 in his last 7 games with a 0.935 SV% and a 1.81 GAA in that span, while also recording two shutouts.
The Spitfires will be back in action Thursday night when they host Sudbury in the final game of their four-game home stand. Puck drop for that contest will go at 7:05pm.
Erie will be back in action Thursday as well when they host Owen Sound in their first of two home games this weekend. They will close out the weekend on the road in Mississauga. The puck will drop at 7:00pm on Thursday against the Attack.
First Star: #7 Tyler Angle – 2 Goals 1 Assist, +2, 3 shots on goal, 62% Faceoffs (8/13) – Windsor
Second Star: #17 Igor Larionov – 2 Assists, +2, 2 shots on goal – Windsor
Third Star: #28 Cody Morgan – 2 Goals, +2, 3 shots on goal, 50% Faceoffs (4/8) – Windsor