SPITFIRES 5 WOLVES 2
Rob Benneian, WindsorSpitfires.com Contributor
PHOTO: TIM CORNETT
Brady Vail’s four-point effort led the Windsor Spitfires to a 5-2 win over the visiting Sudbury Wolves Sunday, in front of 5,960 fans at the WFCU Centre.
Vail scored the game-winning goal at 4:35 of the second period, taking a Chris Marchese pass and quickly beating Sudbury goalie Joel Vienneau for his second of the contest. The third-year centre also opened the scoring at the 8:53 mark of the first period.
“It’s nice to score those goals. Especially early in the game, it’s a big confidence boost,” Vail said. “I think after that one I kind of kept rolling.”
Vail later assisted on goals by Pat Sieloff (1) and Ben Johnson (1), who scored into an empty net in the game’s final minute.
Kerby Rychel (1) had the other goal for Windsor (3-1-0-1).
The Wolves made things interesting by scoring twice in a 1:12 span early in the third period, cutting the lead to 4-2.
But Jaroslav Pavelka stood tall the rest of the way, making 26 saves for the victory.
The Spitfires penalty kill unit was solid once again, going a perfect 2-for-2, while the power play contributed two goals in five opportunities.
Windsor took five of a possible six points in a gruelling, three-game weekend.
The club is now off until this Thursday, when it plays host to the Guelph Storm.
Gametime is 7:05.
WSR VAIL (3) (HO-SANG, McNAUGHTON) 8:53 PP
WSR RYCHEL (1) (SANVIDO, BATEMAN) 3:50, WSR VAIL (4) (MARCHESE, POSA) 4:35, WSR SIELOFF (1) (EBERT, VAIL)19:25 PP
SUD KAHUN (1) (LEIVO, SILK) 2:12, SUD KUBALIK (3) (UNASSISTED) 3:24, WSR JOHNSON (1) (VAIL) 19:35
WSR 11 – 18 – 7 – 36, SUD 9 – 8 – 11 – 28
WSR 2-FOR-5, SUD 0-FOR-2