(Photo Via: The Windsor Star/Tyler Brownbridge)
WINDSOR – The Sudbury Wolves travel to Windsor on Thursday night, looking to play spoiler against the Spitfires at the WFCU Centre.
The Spitfires come into this game after a much needed 7-3 bounce back win over the Erie Otters. In the game previous, Windsor lost to the first place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-2. This game will mark the end of Windsor’s four game homes stand, after this they will play 5 of their final 8 games of the season, on the road.
Sudbury comes into the matchup on a seven-game losing streak, having not won since February 9th. Same as the Spitfires, the Wolves will only play three more home games this season, they will have eight games remaining following the conclusion of the matchup against Windsor.
The Spitfires are currently sitting in 7th place in the OHL Western conference, tied in points with the Guelph Storm who are in eighth. With a win, Windsor can leap frog the Saginaw Spirit and jump into the 6th spot. Neither Saginaw, nor Guelph, have been on their A games recently, so you would have to believe that Windsor will try and capitalize on the opportunity.
Sudbury comes into the game sitting dead last in the OHL standings. The Wolves only have 36 points on the season. If Sudbury were to win out and 8th place Mississauga were to lose out, the Wolves would still miss the playoffs by three points. At this point Sudbury will probably more interested in the race with Flint for the first overall pick in the 2018 OHL Draft.
The two teams have only met once before tonight’s matchup. Windsor walked out of Sudbury with a 7-2 victory over the Wolves back on October 27th. To say the odds are stacked against Sudbury in this matchup would be an understatement. In the past five seasons Windsor holds a 9-2-0 record against the Wolves, and a perfect 4-0-0 record at the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre (WFCU Centre). The Sudbury Wolves haven’t won a game in Windsor in over 11 years. The last time the Wolves won a game in Windsor was at the old Windsor Arena back on December 7th, 2006. Kevin Beech made a phenomenal 47 saves on 49 Windsor shots on net. Andrew Engelage, who would go on to win two Memorial Cups with the Spitfires, started in net for Windsor and was pulled midway through the 2nd period after allowing 5 goals on 18 shots. Engelage would break the OHL single season wins record when he went 46-4-1 with Windsor in the 2008-2009 OHL season. A rookie Adam Henrique and Josh Bailey both played for Windsor that night.
You can watch this game on YourTV Windsor or on the OHL Live stream. You can listen to the game on mixlr.com/sudburywolves/ or on AM 800 CKLW Windsor.
Sudbury – 59 Games Played, 14-37-8, 171 Goals For, 254 Goals Allowed, 1-7-2 in last 10 games
Windsor – 59 Games Played, 28-26-5, 188 Goals For, 193 Goals Allowed, 5-4-1 in last 10 games