SPITFIRES TAKE DOWN TOP DOGS
(Windsor, ON) – Daniel D’Amico’s empty net goal at 18:49 of the third period turned out to be the winner, as the Spitfires knocked off the Canadian Hockey League’s top-ranked Soo Greyhounds 3-2 in front of 4,442 at the WFCU Centre on Thursday night.
The victory moves Windsor (30-28-3-2) into a tie with the Guelph Storm for the #6 playoff seed in the Western Conference. The Storm host the Saginaw Spirit – who now trail both the Storm and Spitfires by a point – on Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Igor Larionov II (5) and Curtis Douglas (21) had the other goals for the home side; Larionov’s opened the scoring on a power play at 15:02 of the first period, while Douglas made it a 2-1 game at 6:14 of the third.
Ryan Roth (15) and Tim Gettinger (33) had the goals for Sault Ste Marie (52-7-2-2), which suffered just its seventh regulation loss of the season. Gettinger’s goal came with Tyler Johnson (18 saves) on the bench in favour of an extra attacker, with just 44 seconds to play.
Michael DiPietro, the game’s second star, made 26 saves for the win.
The Spits are off Friday, but will travel to Erie before taking on the Otters (Saturday) and the Niagara IceDogs (Sunday).