(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Clippers split a pair of games in the Niagara Region over the weekend, but stayed atop the Far West Division of the OJBLL. With the split, Windsor is now sporting an 8-2 record and have a 10-point spread on their closest rival.
On Saturday, the Clippers travelled to face the St Catharines Spartans at the Merriton Lions Arena. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes, on a pair of Matt Matinello goals.
The Clippers let things slip away in the 2nd when the Spartans took a 4-goal lead, bolstered by two short-handed goals, 35 seconds apart. Noah Bushnell and Dylan Riley, on the power play, replied for Windsor, but they went to the locker room down 8-4.
St Catharines came out swinging in the 3rd with three quick goals. Head coach Jerry Kavanaugh decided to replace Jacob Corra in goal and sent out rookie Colin Reaburn. The Spartans tallied two more goals, both on the power play, before Windsor responded with goals from Patrick Kaschalk, Riley, and James Morgan.
Windsor dropped the game 13-8 with Corra making 37 saves on 48 shots and taking the loss.
The Clippers didn’t have long to dwell on the loss as they faced the Generals, Sunday at Welland Arena.
Despite giving up the first goal, Windsor took revenge against Welland, running to a 4-1 lead by the end of the 1st period. They added three more in the 2nd frame, and then poured it on with seven in the 3rd to erase the memories of Saturday with a 14-4 win.
Ryan Marchand led the way with a hat trick and doubles from Andrew Garant, Kaschalk, and Bushnell. Corra got the start in goal and registered a win while turning away 30 of 34 shots.
The Niagara Thunderhawks (6-3) are next on the agenda for Windsor when they return to Forest Glade Arena on May 23. Game time is 7:00 pm.