The Spitfires got out to a lead and had to peer over their shoulder a few times but held on for a big 8-4 win in Kitchener Sunday evening.
In the first period, the Spitfires got off to a glorious start scoring 4 unanswered goals in the first 14 minutes of the game. Renwick started the scoring with his 7th of the season on the powerplay. Followed by Maillet also with his 7th of the season on a rebound. Just over a minute later, O’Flaherty would score his 5th of the season off the rush and give the Spits a 3-0 lead. Just 5 minutes later, Peer would score his 10th of the season on the powerplay and give the Spits a 4-0 lead. The Rangers would change netminders and score 2 goals in the final 5 minutes of the period. The Spitfires led 4-2 on the scoreboard and 17-10 in shots.
In the second period, the Rangers would score a third goal to make it a 4-3 game. Six minutes after that, the Spitfires would respond. Christopoulos sped past the defender and went 5-hole to restore the Spits 2 goal lead.
In the third period, Cristoforo would spring Maggio on a breakaway and the Captain made no mistake scoring his 12th of the season and giving the Spitfires a 6-3 lead. The Rangers would respond a few minutes later and make it a 6-4 game. With under 5 minutes to go the Spitfires soaked up a lot of pressure and Onuska stood tall. A clear out of the Spitfires zone bounced to the Rangers blue line where Greentree sped past the Rangers defender and went in on the breakaway to score his 3rd of the season. Christopoulos would add a late empty netter and the Spitfires would take the win 8-4.
The Spitfires are back in action at home on Wednesday and Friday this coming week. The Owen Sound come to town for a 7:05pm game on Wednesday and the Flint Firebirds are in town on Friday also at 7:05pm.