Spits Pummel Saginaw


Mario Culina snags a shot as Logan Stanley protects the front of the net. Culina made 27 saves en route to his second win of the season.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Sault Ste Marie’s Mario Culina earned his second win in as many starts, Sunday, when the Windsor Spitfires disposed of the Saginaw Spirit 7-1, at home. The 18 year-old made 27 saves en route to Windsor’s third straight win.

Culina had some help up front from Christian Fischer, with 2 goals, and five other Spitfires contributing one each, including Kyle Auger and Luke Boka. The two rookies each scored their first OHL goals against Saginaw.

Fischer opened the scoring, with his 17th of the season, at 9:40 of the 1st period and was joined on the score sheet by Gabriel Vilardi, three minutes later. Auger scored the lone goal of the middle frame before the floodgates opened in the third.

Fischer made it 4-0 just 34 seconds into the period. Pretty soon, Cristiano DiGiacinto and Hayden McCool piled on before Saginaw could respond with a goal by Dylan Sadowy. Boka would notch his goal with just under two minutes to play.


Luke Boca (61) has a front row seat as Gabriel Vilardi’s shot eludes Cameron Zanussi. Boca would later add his first OHL goal to the 7-1 tally.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Spitfires defensemen Andrew Burns and Jalen Chatfield were both +4 on the game.

Cameron Zanussi took the loss for Saginaw as he made his first appearance for the Spirit after being dealt by the Mississauga Steelheads.

With the win, the Spitfires now have 51 points and lead the OUA West while holding down the 4th spot overall.

Windsor will play host to Owen Sound on Thursday at 7:05pm, before hitting the road for games in Barrie and Oshawa.


Andrew Burns fought his way to a +4 against Saginaw and a 7-1 Windsor victory.
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