(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.
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.
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.