(DETROIT, MI) – As part of the Farewell to the Joe festivities, the Windsor Spitfires met the Saginaw Spirit at Joe Louis Arena Sunday afternoon in the first and last Ontario Hockey League game to played at the rink. In it’s final NHL season, the Joe is slated to close after a new arena is built for the Red Wings.
In a relatively tame game, Windsor was looking at a 2-0 deficit after 40 minutes as the Spirit benefitted from two late goals in each of the first two periods. Leaving the comeback until the latest possible moment, Sean Day got Windsor rolling at 15:36 of the 3rd and followed it up with a second tally 21 seconds later.
Going into overtime, the Spitfires took the play directly to Saginaw and appeared to have scored after Aaron Luchuk banked the puck off the post behind Evan Cormier and to Graham Knott. However, upon review, the Windsor winger was deemed to have redirected the puck into the net by using his skate and the goal was waved off.
Just seconds of resuming play, Sean Day made no doubt of the outcome by completing the hat trick with the help of Julius Nattinen, who had assisted on each of Day’s goals.
Windsor will continue on their 13-game road trip with a Thursday night tilt with the Barrie Colts. The Spitfires are 1 point off the pace of the OHL West Division leading Sault Ste Marie and 7 points ahead of 3rd place Sarnia.