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Spitfires finish 2010 pre-season with win over Erie 5-4

PHOTO RECAP: Tim Cornett, windsorspitfires.com
GAME RECAP: John-Eric Iannicello, windsorspitfires.com
 
(Windsor, Ontario) Windsor finished its pre-season schedule with a 4-1-1 record, beating the Erie Otters 5-4 Saturday night. Tom Kuhnhackl (PIT ’10 NHL Draft Choice) registered two goals and two assists in the win and Grant Webermin, who has been sidelined with a lower body injury since August, made his Spitfire debut.
 
The Spitfires struck early in the game on the power play, as Kuhnhackl redirected a Zack MacQueen pass from the corner, to beat Erie goaltender Ramis Sadikov, at 0:53 of the first period. Erie would respond two minutes later on a power play of their own as Shawn Szydlowski calmly tucked home a rebound off of Spitfire goaltender Troy Passingham to tie the game up at one apiece.  On their second power play of the game, Spitfires’ first-year defenceman Nick Ebert buried his third goal of the preseason, pinching in off the point to bury a Steven Trojanovic rebound. Likewise at the other end of the ice, Passingham was unable to swallow an Erie defender’s point shot and Derek Holden tied the game up again at 2-2, at the eleven minute mark of the first period.
 
Passingham came up big for the Spitfires shortly after when he shut the door on veteran forward Anthony Luciani. Luciani was able to slip by the Spitfire defenders but, with a clear path to the net, failed in his attempt to slide the puck through Passingham’s legs. The breakaway save would prove to be significant as the Spitfires took the lead again at the 18:58 mark. Kuhnhackl made a short, three-foot pass to a streaking Nick Cznider who fired a bullet over Sadikov’s shoulder to give the Spitfires a 3-2 lead heading into the second period.
 
The fresh ice of the second period saw both teams exchange quality chances early. Luciani was foiled in his attempt to break through two Spitfires defensemen and Kuhnhackl almost found the stick of MacQueen who was heading to the Erie net with a full head of steam.
 
As the chances started to mount on both sides, so did the physical play. After Webermin was called for a check from behind, Erie forward Mac MacDonell attempted to confront Webermin and was intercepted by an eager Steven Trojanovic. Trojanovic received the only fighting major and an instigating penalty on the play. On the ensuing power play, Erie made quick work of their man advantage as Mike Cazzola redirected a Mitch Gaulton (NYR ’08 NHL Draft Choice) point shot to knot the game back up at 3-3.
 
Still on the penalty kill, Kuhnhackl orchestrated a fancy give and go with Alexander Khoklachev that saw Khokhlachev send a pin-point pass from the Erie blue line to a darting Kuhnhackl.  Kuhnhackl broke the check of his defender just in time to redirect the hard pass by Sadikov to put the Spitfires up 4-3 entering the final period of play.
 
Josh Malecki would take over for Troy Passingham in the third period, and was tested early in the period when the Spitfires went down a man. Luciani was left alone in the slot on the Erie power play with a point blank shot that was stopped by Malecki.
The back-and-forth game continued when Kuhnhackl made a pass from behind the Erie net that found Khokhlachev in a glut of players stationed in front of Sadikov to make it 5-3. Refusing to quit, Erie responded late in the third period with a goal from Connor Crisp that went off the post and into the net at 17:30 of the third period.
 
After a late timeout, and with the goalie pulled, Erie was unable to pull even with the Spitfires and finished their preseason winless with a 0-0-4 record.
 
Passingham made 29 saves through his two periods of work, while Malecki turned aside 13 shots in his single period of play. The shots were 46-34 in favour of Erie.  Spitfire forward Alexander Khokhlachev registered one goal and two assists in tonight’s game and led all Spitfire scorers during the 2010 exhibition season with four goals scored and 13 points in five games played.
 
Earlier today, the Spitfires claimed veteran forward Kyle Tarini off of waivers from the Sudbury Wolves. In 63 games with the Wolves last season, the 20-year-old Tarini scored five goals and assisted on nine others while also amassing 135 penalty minutes.  The Spitfires also signed goaltender Josh Malecki to an OHL contract and education package.  In the four exhibition games played with Windsor, Malecki helped lead the team to a 3-0-1 record while posting a 2.98 goals against average and .903 save percentage.
 
The Spitfires, two-time defending MasterCard Memorial Cup and Rogers OHL Champions, kick-off the 2010-11 season this Thursday (September 23rd) against the rival Plymouth Whalers at the WFCU. Game time is 7:05pm. For more information on the home opener, visit windsorspitfires.com.  Tickets for Spitfire home games can be purchased at the TekSavvy.com Box Office (Gate 2) of the WFCU Centr3, by phone at 1-888-969-WFCU or online at windsorspitfires.com
 
 
Players at NHL camp (as of September 18th):
 
Zack Kassian (Buffalo Sabres)
Jack Campbell (Dallas Stars)
Ryan Ellis (Nashville Predators)
Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks)
Stephen Johnston (Detroit Red Wings – Invite)
Kenny Ryan (Toronto Maple Leafs)
 
The boxscore for tonight’s game is as follows:
 
Game Summary – Windsor vs. Erie, September 18th – 7:05 p.m.
 
 
Scoring by Period
                                                1st           2nd          3rd           Total
Windsor                                    3              1              1                5
Erie                                          2              1              1                4
 
 
SHOTS
 
                                                1st           2nd          3rd           Total
Windsor                                    10           14           10             34
Erie                                          20           12           14             46
 
 
*PLAYER SCORING
 
1. Windsor          Kuhnhackl, (1) (MacQueen, Khokhlachev) 0:53 (PP)
1. Erie                    Szydlowski, (1) (Broll, Cazzola) 2:55 (PP)
1. Windsor          Ebert, (1) (Vail, Trojanovic) 8:58 (PP)
1. Erie                    Holden, (1) (MacDonell, Crisp) 11:01 (PP)
1. Windsor          Czinder, (1) (Kuhnhackl) 18:58
2. Erie                    Cazzola, (1) (Gaulton, Holden) 10:53 (PP)
2. Windsor          Kuhnhackl, (2) (Khoklachev) 14:59 (SH)
3. Windsor          Khokhlachev, (1) (Kuhnhackl, Duininck) 10:23 (PP)
3. Erie                    Crisp, (1) (MacDonell, Gadzic) 17:30
 
 
PENALTIES
 
1. Erie                    Luciani, 0:32 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
1. Windsor          Locke, 1:27 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
1. Erie                    Pelech, 7:32 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
1. Windsor          Bench Minor, 9:42 – Too Many Men, served by McCann, 2 min (PP)
2. Windsor          Clarke, 4:58 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
2. Windsor          Czinder, 9:13 – Misconduct, 10 min
2. Erie                    MacDonnell, 9:35 – Roughing, 2 min
2. Windsor          Trojanovic, 9:35 – Instigator, 2 min
2. Windsor          Trojanovic, 9:35 – Fighting, 5 min (PP)
2. Windsor          Trojanovic, 9:35 – Game Misconduct
2. Windsor          Webermin, 9:35 – Checking from Behind, 2 min (PP)
2. Erie                    Austin, 18:28 – High Sticking, 2 min (PP)
3. Windsor          MacQueen, 1:03 – Elbowing, 2 min (PP)
3. Erie                    Cazzola, 2:50 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
3. Windsor          Lanoue, 5:13 – Fighting, 5 min
3. Erie                    Austin, 5:13 – Fighting, 5 min
3. Windsor          Lanoue, 5:13 – Game Misconduct
3. Erie                    Austin, 5:13 – Game Misconduct
3. Windsor          Czinder, 7:31 – Fighting, 5 min
3. Erie                    Broll, 7:31 – Fighting, 5 min
3. Windsor          Czinder, 7:31 – Game Misconduct
3. Erie                    Broll, 7:31 – Game Misconduct
3. Erie                    Pelech, 8:58 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
3. Windsor          Ebert, 11:30 – Roughing, 2 min
3. Erie                    Mitchell, 11:30 – Roughing, 2 min
3. Windsor          Khokhlachev, 14:27 – Checking from Behind, 2 min (PP)
 
 
POWER PLAY
 
Windsor                               3/5
Erie                                     3/7
 
 
Goalies
 
Windsor                               GA          MINS     SH           SVS
Troy Passingham                   3              40        32           29
Josh Malecki                         1              20        14           13
 
Erie                                      GA          MINS     SH           SVS
Ramis Sadikov                       5              60        34           29
 
 
WFCU Centre – Windsor, ON
 
Start Time: 6:07 p.m.
Finish Time: 8:24 pm.
Length: 2:17
Attendance: 4,019
 
Windsor Spitfires
Final Exhibition Statistics
Through Saturday (September 18, 2010) game

               
                                GP    G      A       P       PM
Khokhlachev            5      4       9      13      2
Kassian                   3      3       5      8       11
MacQueen              6      1       6      7       9
Trojanovic              6      1       5      6       9
Locke                     6      3       2      5       2
Lanoue                   6      2       3      5       7
Ellis                         1      2       2      4       4
Kuhnhackl              3       2      2       4       0
Ebert                      6      3       1      4       16
Vail                          4      1       2      3       2
Duininck                 6      0       3      3       4
McCann                 4      1       1      2       2
Ryan                       2      0       2      2       5
Whaley                  6      2       0      2       4
Posa                        6      0       2      2       4
Czinder                  3      1       0      1       12
Johnston                1      0       1      1       0
Campbell               1      0       0      0       0
Dunning                 1      0       0      0       0
Fowler                    1      0       0      0       0
Webermin             1      0       0      0       2
Malecki                  5      0       0      0       0
Nishi                       4      0       0      0       0
Passingham           2      0       0      0       0
Clarke                     5      0       0      0       7
Wallace                  2      0       0      0       2
Seguin                    5      0       0      0       7

Goalie Statistics
                                MP     GA      GAA    SVP
Malecki                    141      7       2.98    .903
Passingham              80       4       3.00    .927
Campbell                  20       1       3.00    .875
Nishi                       119     10      5.04    .846

Special Teams
Power play    – 13-for-50    26.0 per cent
Penalty kill    – 25-for-32     78.1 per cent

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