The Spitfires traveled down the 401 for a matchup with the Kitchener Rangers at ‘The Aud.’ This was the third meeting between the two teams and the second in Kitchener. The Rangers led the season series 2-0 heading into tonight’s game.
In an action-packed first frame, there were lots of goals. It started with the Spitfires as Johnston tipped a Corcoran shot and it found the back of the net putting the Spits up 1-0 just 6:38 into the game. Just over a minute later it was Cuylle who deflected a point shot putting the Spits up 2-0 early on. Ladd and Rafkin drew assists on the play. But less than a minute later, the Rangers scored and made it a one-goal game. However, it was Angle halfway through the period that scored on a beautiful feed from D’Amico to make it 3-1 Spitfires. But late in the period, the Rangers scored on a point shot making it 3-2 heading to the locker room. The Spitfires led in shots 17-11 after 20 minutes.
In the 2nd period, there was no scoring and the Spitfires still led 3-2 on the scoreboard. Shots were in favour of Windsor 26-18.
In the third period, the Rangers scored twice in the first five minutes to take their first lead of the game 4-3. Nevertheless, the Spitfires were relentless and found an equalizer just four minutes later. Douglas had a solo man effort and scored on a scrum in front of the net. We were tied at four after 60 minutes which meant we were headed to overtime.
In the overtime period, Angle took a penalty and gave the Rangers the powerplay. The Rangers had multiple opportunities, but Kari stood tall. Kitchener had a glorious back door play and it seemed like a sure goal but Piiroinen absolutely stoned the Ranger player keeping it tied in OT. The Rangers took a penalty in overtime so we played some three on three before the Spitfires had their chance. Afanasyev ripped a shot but it was blocked and it went right to Angle who patiently passed it cross-seam to Afanasyev, who one-timed it home beating the netminder — winning the game for the Spitfires by a score of 5-4. The final shot totals were 38 for Windsor and 28 for Kitchener.
The Spitfires’ next home game is Saturday, January 18th, 2020, when we take on the Erie Otters! Puck drop at 7:05 pm.