Spitfires Look To Bounce Back

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Spitfires are 4-2 in their last six games including back-to-back wins in a home and away series against Flint and most recently a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Sarnia Sting. The Spits will now play nine of 19 at home over the final stretch of the regular season with the Sting just five points behind in the OHL West.

Left winger Bradley Latour has held a hot hand for Windsor, during the same period, leading the team with 7 goals, including a hat trick in an 8-3 defeat of London, on January 31.

Logan Brown has also earned his keep by notching 3 goals and registering a +3 despite missing a 2-0 loss against Kitchener. As well, offensive minded defenseman Mikhail Sergachev had a goal vs Flint and London and is also +3.

Disconcerting for Windsor has been the team’s play in their own end. The Spitfires gave up 18 goals and 180 shots, including 6 on the power play over 31 chances, in the six matches. And despite a combined 2.18 GAA from Mike DiPietro and Mario Culina, a balanced offense hasn’t supported the goaltending.

Windsor is half way through a 4-game home stand and will meet Sudbury this Thursday at 7:05pm. The Wolves are sitting in 5th place in the OHL Central and are coming off losses to Niagara and North Bay by a combined score of 10-3.

The Spitfires will then play Dylan Strome and the OHL leading Erie Otters, who have already clinched a playoff berth, on February 6. The Otters are 7-3 in their last 10 and are riding a 2-game winning streak.


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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