RALLY FALLS SHORT AS SPITS LOSE IN NIAGARA
(St Catharines, ON) – Saddled with seven minor penalty calls against in the second period alone, the Spits fell behind 3-0 after 40 minutes and couldn’t complete the comeback in a 3-2 loss to the Niagara IceDogs on Sunday afternoon.
Sam Miletic (35, 36) got Niagara (32-23-7-3) out to a 2-0 lead with goals 2:56 apart early in the second, before Akil Thomas made it 3-0 with his 22nd of the season at 17:04 on one of the half dozen IceDogs power plays in the period.
After killing off a penalty to start the third, Cole Purboo (20, 4:51) got Windsor (30-29-4-2) on the board, poking a loose puck past Colton Incze (24 saves) at the edge of the crease.
Luke Kutkevicius made things real interesting with his 13th of the year with 5:09 to play, but a late holding penalty assessed to Curtis Douglas, after a high-stick to the face of Kutkevicius went undetected, killed the momentum of a dominant third period rally.
The Spirit scored once on their eight power play chances, while the Spits were 0-for-4.
The Spitfires remain in a tie for the #6 playoff seed with Saginaw (29-28-8-0) courtesy of a 3-2 Kitchener win over the Spirit.
NEXT UP: The Spits host the Owen Sound Attack Thursday night (7:05) at The WFCU Centre, in the club’s second-to-last regular season home game.