DiPietro Earns OHL Player Of The Week Honours

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – After three games in four nights, the Windsor Spitfires have three wins to show for their efforts. Playing a key role in the victories was goaltender Mike DiPietro who registered three-straight shutouts between the pipes for the Spits.

Last Thursday Windsor, in the midst of a 13-game road trip, headed to Barrie to take on the Central Division’s last place Colts. After a scoreless 1st period, Graham Knott potted his 7th and 8th of the season, bookending a 3rd period tally from Tyler Nother.

DiPietro, from Amherstburg, stopped all 21 shots for the win.

Mike DiPietro collects his thoughts prior to facing the Owen Sound Attack on 18 November 2016.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Mike DiPietro collects his thoughts prior to facing the Owen Sound Attack on 18 November 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Spitfires followed that up with the outright domination of the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday night. Again the teams skated to a 0-0 draw at the end of 20 minutes, but Luke Boka got things going with his 4th on the year, close to the end of the 2nd period.

Cole Purboo added two in the final frame along with singles from Cristiano DiGiacinto and Aaron Luchuk, and a second on the evening by Boka.

A little busier that night, DiPietro blocked 22 shots and survived 5 Sudbury power plays.

Finally, on Sunday, the Spitfires found themselves in North Bay to meet the Central Division leading Battalion. This time Windsor evenly spread out the scoring with a single goal in each period.

Mikhail Sergachev put the Spits on the board at just the 25 second mark of the opening round. Then, Boka scored with just 25 seconds left to play in the 2nd period. Lastly, Jeremiah Addison found the empty net in the final minute of the 3rd.

Just 21 shots, again, toward DiPietro as Windsor tightened things up on defense.

For his efforts, DiPietro, 17, was named the OHL’s player of the week yesterday. On each night, DiPietro spoiled the home team’s teddy bear toss promotion. He leads the league with 4 shutouts this season and currently enjoys a 15-3-4-0 overall record.

The three wins vaulted Windsor back in front of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds for 1st place in the OHL West. The Hounds sit 1 point back of the Spits, but Windsor has played one fewer game.

Windsor will remain on the road as they wait to return to home ice. Friday they head south of the border to take on the Erie Otters before returning to Canada to meet the Niagara Ice Dogs on Saturday.


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