Lead In OHL West Back To Spitfires


Barrie Colts captain Michael Webster (24) couldn’t help his goaltender David Ovsjannikov in a goal-mouth scramble last night in Windsor. Spitfire Gabriel Vilardi had a front row seat for the goal.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Spitfires doubled up the Barrie Colts 4-2 last night at home. The win was Windsor’s third straight and elevated them to 1st place in the West Division, a point ahead of the Sarnia Sting.

Gabriel Vilardi scored his 13th goal of the season to open the scoring at 3:09 of the 1st period. Barrie tied the score six minutes later, but Aaron Luchuk put the Spits back in front 20 seconds before the buzzer to close the period.

The Colts again drew even in the 2nd, but Logan Brown also potted lucky 13 for Windsor’s 3rd goal. By the end of 40 minutes the Spitfires enjoyed a tenuous 3-2 lead.


David Ovsjannikov watches helplessly from the ice as the puck enters the net during OHL action in Windsor on 25 February 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

The teams battled in the final frame as Barrie pushed to even the score and Windsor tried to keep the lead. With Colts goaltender David Ovsjannikov pulled in favour of an extra attacker, Brendan Lemieux tallied his 31st of the year to seal the win for the Spitfires.

Mario Culina turned away 18 of 20 shots for the victory in goal for Windsor while the Spitfires threw 35 toward the Barrie net.

Brown and Vilardi were named the game’s 1st and 2nd stars for their efforts.


Mario Culins (32) looks to gather in the puck as Logan Stanley and Mads Eller dispose of a Barrie player in front of the Windsor net. Culina allowed just 2 goals on 20 shots from the Colts.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Spitfires are now embarking on a 3-game road swing starting with a stop in Flint on Saturday before heading to Sault Ste Marie on Sunday. They’ll cap the road trip with an outing in Sarnia where they look to put some more points between them and the Sting in the standings.


Windsor Spitfires goaltender Mario Culina watches the puck go harmlessly by the net as Hayden McCool and another defender squeeze Barrie Colts Andrew Mangiapane out of the play.
Photo by John Skinner.


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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