Spitfires with another dominating performance in 6-3 win over Spirit


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The scores have not been a good indication of just how dominant the Windsor Spitfires have performed lately.

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The Spitfires limited the Saginaw Spirit to just four shots through 30 minutes of play on Monday, but allowed a trio of power-play goals in a 6-3 victory before a crowd of 3,283 at the WFCU Centre.

“As a whole, we don’t get frustrated,” said Spitfires’ overage defenseman Louka Henault, who recorded his 100th career point on Monday with a three-point effort. “The point of hockey is two points and that’s what we did.”

Windsor has nine of a possible 10 points in its last five games despite dominating play over that stretch. In a home-and-home set with the West Division-leading Flint Firebirds, the Spitfires held a 93-58 edge in shots, but needed overtime to win at home on Friday and fell 3-2 in an eight-round shootout on Saturday to end a three-game winning streak.

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“You’re not going to capitalize on all of them, but if you keep generating (chances), goals are going to come,” Spitfires’ forward Pasquale Zito said.

For the first time this season, the Spitfires held an opponent to just two shots on goal in the opening period and jumped to a 2-0 lead against the Spirit after 20 minutes.

Daniel D’Amico scored seconds after stepping out of the penalty box and defenseman turned forward James Jodoin redirected an Andrew Perrott pass past Spirit goalie Tristan Lennox to make it 2-0.

“I thought we kind of dominated throughout the (game),” Spitfires’ head coach Marc Savard said. “We had four lines and everyone chipped in. I can’t pick a guy that wasn’t involved. Everyone had a part and everyone did their job.”

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And it wasn’t just a swarming forecheck the hampered the Spirit, but a physical Windsor team that didn’t hesitate to finish a check.

“It’s kind of what we like to do, Henault said. “We like to set the pace, being physical and letting teams know and it’s worked out for us.”

Henault’s 100th career point came on a cross-ice feed to Wyatt Johnston, which hit a Saginaw defender and bounced in. Henault then notched his third point of the game with a goal to put the Spitfires up 4-0 and with a 20-4 edge in shots.

“It’s a special moment,” Henault said of the milestone.

Mitchell Smith’s power-play goal got the Spirit on the scoreboard, but Zito scored 30 seconds into the third period. Alex Christopoulos pushed the lead to 6-1 before things got sloppy.

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Spitfires’ captain Will Cuylle, who had three assists, was given a boarding major and game misconduct that will be reviewed by the league. Matyas Sapovaliv scored with a two-man Saginaw advantage and Dalton Duhart added another power-play goal in the final minute to close the scoring.

“It was nice being up, but I feel in the third we kind of started to cheat a bit, but I’m still happy with the win,” said Zito, whose team held a 31-20 edge in shots.

The Spitfires are back in action on Thursday against the Kitchener Rangers. Game time at the WFCU Center is 7:30 p.m.

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Game Summary

Monday Result

Spitfires 6 Spirit 3

Saginaw 0 1 2 – 3

Windsor 2 2 2 – 6

Firstperiod: 1. Windsor, D’Amico 12 (Henault, Currie) 8:57, 2. Windsor, Jodoin 4 (Perrott, Baisov) 12:48. Penalties: D’Amico W (holding) 6:19, Gervais S (high sticking) 13:54, Maillet W (hooking) 17:03,

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Secondperiod: 3. Windsor, Johnston 28 (Henault, Cuylle) 1:29, 4. Windsor, Henault 7 (Cuylle, Renwick) 15:34, 5. Saginaw, Smith 7 (Bloom, Sapovaliv) 18:46 (pp). Penalties: Cuylle W (head check) 2:08, Savard S (holding) 10:32, Forgione S (hooking, fighting), DeAngelis W (fighting) 15:55, Abraham W (high sticking) 17:21.

Third period: 6. Windsor, Zito 16 (Cuylle, Johnston) :30, 7. Windsor, Christopoulos 8 (Maillet, Miedema) 2:36, 8. Saginaw, Sapovaliv 12 (Mintyukov, Smith) 18:09 (pp), 9. Saginaw , 19:04 (pp). Penalties: DeAngelis W (hooking) 8:37, Jodoin W (too many men) 12:20, Savard S (unsportsmanlike conduct, game misconduct), Cuylle W (boarding major, game misconduct), Zito W (misconduct) 15:27, DeAngelis W (cross checking) 17:45, Jodoin W (bench minor) 20:00.

Game stats – SOG – Saginaw 2 6 12 – 20 Windsor 13 10 8 – 31 Goal (shots-saves) – Saginaw: Lennox (L,6-17-0-0) (31-25). Windsor: Onuska (W,3-4-0-1) (20-17). Power play (goals-chances) – Saginaw 3-9. Windsor 0-3. Referees: Ryan Hutchison (20) and Joe Monette (25). Linesmen: Kurtis Pare (70) and Geoff Rutherford (62). Att.: 3,283 at the WFCU Center.

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