(WINDSOR, ON) – After finishing atop of the OJBLL Far West Division, the Windsor Clippers were looked upon to go far in the post season. Last night they hosted the Elora Mohawks at Forest Glade Arena in game 1 of the first round of playoffs, running away with a 12-7 victory.
Windsor struck first in the early going of the opening frame. New comer Brady Doxtator scored in the 4th minute and then Matt Martinello netted one just six minutes later.
Then Elora (12-7) showed why they finished 2nd in the Mid West Division. The Mohawks scored five of the next six goals, including a late tally to take a 3-2 lead into the dressing room.
Noah Bushnell tied the game for Windsor, to open the 2nd period, but Elora went up by two by the mid way mark. It was at this point when Andrew Garant and and Logan Holmes put on a clinic as they each scored twice within a minute to put the Clippers into the lead to stay. Bushnell then scored his second of the evening to close out the period with Windsor in front 8-5.
Elora got back into the game with an early 3rd period goal, but Bushnell doused any ideas they may have had, as he completed the hat trick. Craig Marentette, Chase Kavanaugh, and Patrick Kaschalk each then registered singles to secure the win for Windsor, despite one last notch for the Mohawks.
The Clippers were penalized six times with Elora taking advantage by netting three goals with the extra man. In turn, Windsor managed just a single marker in four power plays tries.
Making the start in goal for Windsor was Ian Ferguson. He earned the win by stopping 41 of 48 shots, with the most coming in the 2nd period as Elora was desperately trying to get back into the game.
The best-of-5 is scheduled to resume when the teams face off in Elora on Monday evening. Game three will be back at Forest Glade on July 2 with an 8:00 pm start.