(WINDSOR, ON) – After a 13 games on the road and a 7-6 record over the stretch, the Windsor Spitfires returned home for the first time since a 2-1 win over Sarnia on November 18. This time, however, the Spitfires were on the wrong end of a 2-1 score in favour of the visiting Kitchener Rangers.
A lot of on- and off-ice events occurred during the extended road trip. Most recently, General Manager Warren Rychel dealt captain Patrick Sanvido to the Sudbury Wolves for a pair of future draft picks.
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as GM,” Rychel said. “Sandy has been a heart-and-soul player for us for so long. He’s an outstanding kid that did so much in the community. This is tough. But, obviously, having four overage players, we had to make a move. He’ll get to reunite with (Wolves head coach) Dave Matsos, who really wanted him.”
Sanvido suited up for 250 regular season games for the Spits, but last night wasn’t one of them.
Kitchener jumped out in front with a 1st period tally by Adam Mascherin, his 25th of the year. The Rangers extended their lead when Jake Henderson scored the eventual winner at 2:52 of the middle frame.
Logan Brown helped Jeremiah Addison net his 14th goal to put Windsor on the score sheet as Tyler Angle sat out a hooking infraction.
Mike DiPietro faced just 18 shots in goal, playing until 18:19 of the 3rd when Rocky Thompson pulled him in favour of an extra attacker.
Windsor is back in action Saturday afternoon when they host the Flint Firebirds with the puck dropping at 1:05pm. The Spitfires are currently 5 points behind the 1st place Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds in the OHL West with 49 points. The Firebirds are a distant 4th place with 34 points.