(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Spitfires dropped their 4th in a row after losing 4-1 to the visiting Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds in front of a crowd of 4,669. Their record now stands at 31-18-6-0 on the year, having qualified for the post season with 13 games remaining.
Pretty much nothing at happened in the opening frame as neither team scored, on a combined 18 shots on net, and no one landed in the sin bin.
The Sault broke the stalemate at 7:11 with a Bobby MacIntyre shorthanded effort with Morgan Frost in the box for high sticking. The teams would retire to their dressing rooms with the Hounds in front 1-0 at the end of 40 minutes.
Connor Chatham drew the Spits even on his 16th goal of the season, from Jalen Chatfield and Mads Eller at 1:14 of the 3rd. Blake Speers put Sault Ste Marie back in front near the midway point and MacIntyre made it a 2-goal game less than two minutes later. The Greyhounds leading goal scorer, Zachary Senyshyn, potted an empty netter with just a second remaining to play.
Mike DiPietro made 21 saves in recording his 9th loss against 14 wins.
The Spitfires will now play a home and away series starting in Hamilton Saturday night. The teams return to Windsor for game 2 on Sunday with the puck dropping at 2:05pm.