By Mike Soulliere
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Clippers opened the 2013 season with a convincing 15-8 victory over the visiting Guelph Regals at Forest Glade Arena in front of more than 250 spectators.
The Clippers jumped out to a 5-1 first period lead but let the Regals back into the game, in the second period, and took just a 7-5 lead into the third period.
The Clipper out-scored the Regals 8-3 in the final frame to come out on top with the 15-8 win.
Jeff Rivait, Logan Holmes, and Lucas Ducharme scored three times each for the Clippers, while Brendon Anger chipped in with a pair. Singles were scored by Bryan Larocque, Andrew Garant, Trevor Learn, and Cody Holmes. Kyle May went the distance in goal to record the win.
The Clippers went five for seven on the power play, and scored twice while short handed.
However, the next game did not go so well for Windsor.
On a night when the Six Nations Rebels were receiving their Founders Cup rings and raising their Canadian Championship banner, the Clippers wished it was a bad dream and wanted the day to start over.
The Rebels embarrassed the Clippers in every facet of the game while cruising to a 20-8 victory. To their credit, while things were not going the way they wanted, the Clippers never gave up and put up a battle to the end. The Clippers will take the lesson and hopefully learn from it and move forward.
Brendon Anger scored three times for the Clippers. Jeff Rivait added a pair, while singles were scored by Trevor Learn, Austin Thompson, and Lucas Ducharme.
Up next for the Clippers is a visit from the Brampton Excelsiors this Saturday at 7:00 pm at Forest Glade Arena