(WINDSOR, ON) – Making a run for the playoffs, the Windsor Aces took a step forward and one back this past weekend as they split a pair of GMHL games. On Saturday, Windsor topped a see-saw battle with 3rd place Niagara 7-4, but dropped Sunday’s faceoff with Kingsville 4-1. After meeting two of the top three teams in the league, 2 points was a welcomed outcome.
The Aces came out firing on all cylinders as they took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after goals by Brett Mennear and Thomas Virban. The latter was scored on the man advantage as Niagara’s Sam Martin sat in the sin bin for slashing.
In the 2nd period Cale Phibbs (2) and Raman Isaikou put Windsor into a commanding 5-1 lead before the 9-minute mark. The second Phibbs tally was also the second on the night for the Aces on the power play. A 5-minute major to Jake Lloyd for boarding gave the Aces an opportunity to pull ahead further. Alec Segers capitalized on the man advantage but the Aces also gave up a short handed effort to the Whalers. Heading into the 3rd period Windsor enjoyed a 6-3 margin.
The teams traded singles in the final frame as Viacheslav Chegrintcev made it 7-2 before Niagara got one back, in the relatively quiet 20 minutes. Virban logged himself a 4-point night, earning 3 helpers along with his 1st period goal.
Ilya Kachko faced 41 shots in goal for the Aces. On Sunday, Kachko took the loss as the Kings skated to a 4-1 victory over the Aces. James Brooks scored the lone goal for Windsor.
The Aces will take on the Oshawa Riverkings this Saturday with the puck dropping at Adie Knox Arena at 7pm. Windsor will be looking to put more room between themselves and 8th place Oshawa.