Trade Edge Goes To Windsor

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – The always tough Kitchener Rangers came to town last night to face off with the Windsor Spitfires. As expected, the game was a hard fought affair requiring a shootout to determine the final winner.

After a scoreless 1st period, the visitors opened the scoring on a goal by Connor Bunnaman at 6:32 of the middle stanza. However, Jalen Chatfield and newcomer Jeremy Bracco set up Logan Stanley just 5 minutes later to draw the Spitfires even. It was Bracco’s first point as a Spitfire and it came against his former team mates.

Kitchener's Luke Opilka (29) tries to get a bead on the puck during OHL action in Windsor on 12 January 2017.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Kitchener’s Luke Opilka (29) tries to get a bead on the puck during OHL action in Windsor on 12 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

With Stanley sitting off a double minor, Aaron Luchuk netted his 15th of the season, helped out by Julius Nattinen and Mikhail Sergachev, while shorthanded shortly before the period let out.

Windsor almost had the win in regulation when Rangers coach Jay McKee opted to pull goalie Luke Opilka in favour of an extra skater. The tactic worked as Bunnaman notched his second on the night with less than 2 minutes on the clock. After a scoreless overtime period, the teams readied for a shootout.

Jalen Chatfield (51) knocks Kitchener's Greg Meireles off the puck in the Windsor zone on 12 January 2017.<br /> Photo by John Skinner.

Jalen Chatfield (51) knocks Kitchener’s Greg Meireles off the puck in the Windsor zone on 12 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Luchuk, Bracco, and Nattinen’s failed attempts on Opilka were matched by Mike DiPietro stopping Bunnaman, former Spitfire Cole Carter, and Adam Mascherin. Finally, Gabe Vilardi found a flaw in Opilka’s armour while Cedric Schiemenz was stymied by DiPietro for the win.

Windsor kept pace with division leading Sault Ste Marie, who beat Sudbury the night before. The Spitfires trail the Greyhounds by 5 points, though they have 2 games in hand.

The 3-2 win over Kitchener was Windsor’s 4th victory in the last 5 games. They’ll visit 3rd place Sarnia tonight then return home to meet bottom dwellers Saginaw at 2:05pm on Sunday.

Windsor's Mike DiPietro faces down Connor Bunnaman during OHL action on 12 Janaury 2017.Photo by John Skinner.Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s Mike DiPietro faces down Connor Bunnaman during OHL action on 12 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Sean Day (74) keeps track of the play deep in the Kitchener zone on 12 January 2017.<br /> Photo by John Skinner.

Sean Day (74) keeps track of the play deep in the Kitchener zone on 12 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Mike DiPietro was solid in goal for Windsor as he stopped 36 shots plus a blank slate during the shootout to preserve a 3-2 victory for the Spitfires against Kitchener on 12 January 2017.<br> Photo by John Skinner.

Mike DiPietro was solid in goal for Windsor as he stopped 36 shots, plus a blank slate during the shootout, to preserve a 3-2 victory for the Spitfires against Kitchener on 12 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

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Ian Shalapata
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
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