(GUELPH, ON) – The Windsor Clippers defeated the Wallaceburg Red Devils 6-5 last Thursday night at home to move within two points of the division lead. The win improved the Clippers to 15-3 on the season, while the Wallaceburg Red Devils dropped to 16-3. The three Red Devils losses all came at the hands of the Clippers.
Chase Kavanaugh scored his third goal of the night with 1:05 remaining in the third period to break a 5-5 tie and the Clippers held on for the win. Brendan Wallace, Nathan Salaris, and Brayden Mayea rounded out the Clippers scoring.
Carson Hebner was rock solid in goal for the Clippers, stopping 40 of 45 Red Devils shots to earn the victory.
The Clippers then hit the road to close out the 2018 regular season, playing Saturday in Owen Sound and in Guelph on Sunday.
Windsor battled the North Stars and came away with a convincing 18-7 victory. Kavanaugh led all Clippers with 4 goals and 5 assists. Mayea and Noah Bushnell each had 6-point games. Hebner again recorded the win in goal.
the next day, the Clippers had a slow start against the Regals and fell to an early 2-0 deficit. However, they turned up the heat and rolled Guelph 31-6.
Bushnell had a career high 16 points with 6 goals and 10 assists. Mayea scored 7 goals to go along with 5 assists while Kavanaugh netted 3 goals and 8 assists. Blain Wallace scored 5 goals and 3 assists.
Hebner put in two periods of work in goal for the win and Chase Cosgrove closed out the third period.
The Clippers recorded 99 shots on goal in the game.
As for milestones, the Clippers finished the regular season at 17-3 and won the Far West division. They also went 10-0 on the road for the first time in franchise history.
Kavanaugh scored his 50th goal of the season Saturday night and took over the lead in the OJBLL scoring race with 122 points. Rookie Mayea scored his 60th goal of the season Sunday afternoon as well as hitting the 100-point mark. Mayea closed out the regular season with 105 points.
Bushnell had a monster game on Sunday and he surpassed the 100-point mark, closing the season with 103.
The Clippers trio of Kavanaugh, Mayea, and Bushnell are 1-2-3 in the western conference scoring race and Jake Rosa is tied for 13th with 85 points.
The playoff schedule will be announced this week.