DiPietro Shuts Down Frontenacs

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – After falling in the CHL rankings from 3rd to 4th nationally, the Windsor Spitfires made an argument against the downward trend with a 2-0 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs at home on Thursday evening. The loss for Kingston drops them below the .500 mark while Windsor’s victory improves their record to 8-3-0 and 1 point behind Sarnia in the OHL West.

The former Sun Country Panther, Mike DiPietro, got his 7th start in goal for the Spits this season, and kicked out all 25 Kingston shots for his 5th win. Windsor’s 2nd round pick in 2015 has a 0.924 save percentage this year. DiPietro was named the game’s 2nd star.

A shot eludes the glove hand pf Kingston goalkeeper Jeremy Helvig. Though two goals got past the Markham native, Helvig was named the 3rd star of the game on 20 October 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

A shot eludes the glove hand pf Kingston goalkeeper Jeremy Helvig. Though two goals got past the Markham native, Helvig was named the 3rd star of the game on 20 October 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

Cole Purboo netted the game winning goal to open the scoring at 7:32 of the 1st period, assisted by Logan Stanley and Austin McEneny. An insurance marker was added just 3 minutes later by the game’s 1st star, Sean Day, when he was set up by Gabriel Vilardi.

Though there was no further scoring on the evening, fans were treated to a barn-burner of a physical match with 36 minutes in penalties called.

First Luke Boca squared off with Kingston’s Sam Field shortly before the end of the opening frame. Then, in the 2nd period, things turned a bit ugly as Ryan Cranford picked up a minor, major, and misconduct for the Frontenacs during a fight with Jalen Chatfield.

Luke Boca (61) and Kingston's Sam Field (15) square off at 16:26 of the 1st period in Windsor on 20 October 2016. Both players were assessed fighting majors.Photo by John Skinner.

Luke Boca (61) and Kingston’s Sam Field (15) square off at 16:26 of the 1st period in Windsor on 20 October 2016. Both players were assessed fighting majors.
Photo by John Skinner.

The teams traded 23 combined shots in the relatively tame 3rd period.

The win leaves Windsor in 2nd place in the OHL West as they head to face off against the Flint Firebirds Saturday night. The Spitfires will return for a 4-game home stand beginning at 7:05 pm on October 27 when they welcome the Soo Greyhounds to town.

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