(WINDSOR, ON) – The Spitfires swept the Stars of the Game awards after a 5-4 overtime win over the OHL Central Division leading North Bay Battalion, in a rare Saturday game in Windsor. With the win the Spitfires surpassed the Sarnia Sting in the standings, but now trail the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds by a point, though they have two games in hand.
Rocky Thompson gave the start to Mario Culina after Mike DiPietro earned a rest. Making his first start since October 14, Culina kicked out 25 of 29 shots for his 4th win in five appearances.
The 1st period was half completed before Jeremiah Addison netted his 6th of the season, from Sean Day and Julius Nattinen. Just 18 seconds later Aaron Luchuk put Windsor up 2-0, with helpers to Luke Boka and Logan Stanley, and the Spitfires looked to be in control.
Steve Harland and Brett Hargrave drew the Battalion even, the latter coming with only 13 ticks remaining on the clock.
Addison scored his second of the night early in the 2nd period, with assists going to Nattinen and Logan Brown, on the power play.
After the second intermission, Daniil Vertiy tied the game for North Bay to open the 3rd, but Luchuk re-established the Spitfire lead just a couple of minutes later, with an unassisted tally. Windsor, however, couldn’t maintain the advantage and Brett McKenzie beat Culina with a shorthanded effort.
Neither team could pull the trigger and the game went into an overtime period.
It didn’t take the Spitfires’ Jalen Chatfield long to register the winner when Nattinen and Gabriel Vilardi set him up at 1:01.
Windsor is next in action on November 3 as the last place Saginaw Spirit arrive in town. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05pm.