At Long Last, Spitfires Back Home

Shalapata-Header(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.

Jeremiah Addison's shot eludes Kitchener's Luke Opilka mid-way through the 2nd period in Windsor on 29 December 2016.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Jeremiah Addison’s shot eludes Kitchener’s Luke Opilka mid-way through the 2nd period in Windsor on 29 December 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

Nick McHugh plays the puck into the middle of the Windsor zone, on 29 December 2016, watched by Hayden McCool (27).<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Nick McHugh plays the puck into the middle of the Windsor zone, on 29 December 2016, watched by Hayden McCool (27).
Photo by John Skinner.

Spitfires centreman Logan Brown corrals the puck along the borads, deep in the Kitchener zone, on 29 December 2016. Brown registered an assist on Windsor's only goal of the game.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Spitfires centreman Logan Brown corrals the puck along the borads, deep in the Kitchener zone, on 29 December 2016. Brown registered an assist on Windsor’s only goal of the game.
Photo by John Skinner.

Kitchener goalie Luke Opilka watches Dylan Di Perna swing around the net as he's chased by Windsor's Luke Boka, on 29 December 2016.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Kitchener goalie Luke Opilka watches Dylan Di Perna swing around the net as he’s chased by Windsor’s Luke Boka, on 29 December 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata