Luchuk Lifts Spits Over Spirit

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – Again the Windsor Spitfires swept the three star awards as they skated to a 4-2 victory over the Saginaw Spirit at home last night. Leading the way was Aaron Luchuk who had a goal and an assist and was a +3 on the night.

The Spitfires did what they could to keep the Spirit in the game by giving them seven power play opportunities. Saginaw capitalized on just one man advantage as their special teams sputtered much of the night.

After a scoreless 1st period, the Spitfires fired two past Evan Cormier in the Saginaw goal, before the 2nd frame was 7 minutes old. Luke Boka was set up for his third of the season by Hayden McCool Luchuk, then Luchuk potted his 8th, helped by Cristiano DiGiacinto Jalen Chatfield.

Mike Davies got one back for the Spirit before the end of the period, taking advantage of a DiGiacinto unsportsmanlike conduct minor.

Mike DiPietro snags a Saginaw shot early in the game on 3 November 2016. The Windsor goaltender would kick out 23 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over the Spirit.Photo by John Skinner.

Mike DiPietro snags a Saginaw shot early in the game on 3 November 2016. The Windsor goaltender would kick out 25 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over the Spirit.
Photo by John Skinner.

Chatfield scored the eventual winner early into the 3rd period, from Cole Carter and Austin McEneny, followed by Jeremiah Addison, less than a minute later, from Boka and Julius Nattinen. Saginaw didn’t give up, though, as Cole Coskey made it closer than it should have been, at 18:46.

Mike DiPietro was credited with the win in goal for Windsor, kicking out 25 of the 27 shots he faced. Cormier faced 33 shots for the loss.

The Barrie Colts come to town on Sunday for a 2:05pm start against Windsor. The Spitfires will hit the road for a single game, facing Flint on November 12, then back at home the following day to meet the Peterborough Petes.

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