(WINDSOR, ON) – By the 5 minute mark of the 1st period, the Windsor Spitfires had a 2-0 lead over the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, and a death grip on the game. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Hounds tied the match in the 3rd and forced overtime.
The Spits regained their grip on the game by out-lasting the visitors in a 5-round shootout, for a 3-2 win, Thursday afternoon.
Brendan Lemieux notched his 19th goal of the season 12 seconds into an early power play. Three minutes later, Gabriel Vilardi set up Hayden McCool in front of the Greyhounds net to go up 2-0.
Windsor took the bulk of the play to the Greyhounds, outshooting them 15-8 in the first period. The Sault fought back in the middle frame as shots were equal at 12 apiece. Shots were even in the 3rd as well, with the difference being two getting past Windsor’s Mike DiPietro.
Colton White broke the Greyhound goose egg at 6:56 and then Keigan Goetz tied the game with under 6 minutes to play. After a listless OT period the crowd readied themselves for the shootout.
The Spitfires and the Greyhounds were blanked going into the 3rd round of shots, when both Logan Brown and Gustav Bouramman scored. Another scoreless round until Vilardi put Windsor in front and DiPietro stonewalled Zachary Senyshyn.
The Spitfires maintain their position at the top of the OHL West with 47 points. They next travel to Flint on Saturday before returning home to host Saginaw on Sunday. The puck drops at 2:05 pm.