Spitfires Edge Greyhounds In Shootout

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Captain Patrick Sanvido clears the puck to safety on Mike DiPietro’s doorstep.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(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.

during the Soo Greyhouds at Windsor Spitfires in Windsor, ON, at WFCU Arena on 31 Dec. 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Joseph Raaymakers get a piece of Brendan Lemieux’s shot during the Greyhouds visit to the Spitfires in Windsor, on 31 December 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

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Hayden Verbeek (38) tries to wrap up Brendan Lemieux in the Greyhounds defensive zone. Lemieux scored the opening goal of the game against Sault Ste Marie.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

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Gabriel Vilardi reaches across too late to block Zachary Senyshyn’s shot. The right winger was stopped by Mike DiPietro in the shootout to seal the win for Windsor.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

during the Soo Greyhouds at Windsor Spitfires in Windsor, ON, at WFCU Arena on 31 Dec. 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Gabe Guertler (33) tries a wrap-around but DiPietro hugged the post to prevent a goal.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Greyhound goalkeeper Joseph Raaymakers juggles the puck after a shot on goal by a Spitfire.
Photo by John Skinner.

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The Spitfires swarm the net as Raaymakers covers up.
Photo by John Skinner.

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The Spitfires and the Greyhounds mixed it up on occasion, but the game didn’t see any major penalties.
Photo by John Skinner.

during the Soo Greyhouds at Windsor Spitfires in Windsor, ON, at WFCU Arena on 31 Dec. 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Raaymakers stretches to block the puck, but Luchuk was sniffing for a rebound as Hope ties up Vilardi.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata