(SAGINAW, MI) – Despite giving up the first goal of the game to Saginaw, the Windsor Spitfires prevailed 6-3 for their second win over the Spirit in as many games. Topping out the scoring for Windsor was Brendan Lemieux, who scored a hat trick to lead the victorious Spitfires.
Artem Artemov took advantage of an early man advantage as Windsor served a bench minor for too many men. A few minutes later, Christiano DiGiacinto potted his 13th on the year to tie the game at 1 apiece. Lemieux then got a late goal to lift Windsor into the lead before the end of the 1st.
Aaron Luchuk, who had two on the night, staked Windsor to a 2-goal lead to lead off the 2nd frame. Despite a Tye Felhaber goal that brought the Spirit within one, the Spitfires maintained their composure.
Lemieux beat Evan Cormier at 3:22 of the 3rd as Kirill Maksimov served a slashing penalty.Dylan Sadowy got that back for Saginaw, less than a minute later, but Lemieux capped his hat trick and Luchuk put the game away at 9:38.
Also notable was Logan Brown’s three assists on the night for Windsor.
Garrett Hughson blocked 30 of 33 shots for Windsor while Cormier faced 31 shots in the Saginaw goal. Hughson was credited with his 7th win this year for Windsor.
Windsor was much more disciplined as they gave up just one goal on three odd-man advantages as compared to Saginaw going 3-for-3 Thursday evening.
The Spitfires have extended their lead to 6 points over OHL West 2nd place Sarnia Sting, who went down to defeat 3-2 to Erie Saturday. Windsor and the Sting will meet Wednesday at the WFCU Centre after the Christmas break on December 28. The puck drops at 7:05 pm.
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