Despite a worse record in the OHL, Otters are improving from Spitfires in a 7-4 win

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The Windsor Spitfires simply did not put in the work necessary to defeat an Erie Otters team with the worst record in the Ontario Hockey League.

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The Spitfires never held a lead in the game and after two quick goals early in the third period to tie the game, Windsor promptly took two minor penalties that Erie converted en route to a 7-4 win in front of 2,664 at the WFCU Center on Thursday.

“It’s very frustrating,” Spitfires head coach Marc Savard said. “Obviously, you try to prepare your team all week and tell them you can’t just throw your sticks on the ice and wait to win.

“I thought we took too much time and it wasn’t the young kids, but the veterans.”

The game was not two minutes old when Brendan Hoffmann countered his check in front of the Windsor goal to put the Otters up 1-0.

“I don’t think we took them lightly,” Spitfires defender Michael Renwick said. “We didn’t have our foot on them for 60 minutes.”

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Mostly this season, the Spitfires have shown lightning strikes. Kyle McDonald bounced off a pass from an Erie slider to tie the game and after the Otters went up again on an Elias Cohen goal, the Firecrackers were able to pull even after 20 minutes on a goal from Wyatt Johnston.

“These (Erie) guys are working hard and we had to be prepared,” Savard said.

Taeo Artichuk and Cameron Lowe, each with their first career OHL goal, had the only goals of the second period to take a 4-2 lead over the Firecrackers after 40 minutes.

“I think it’s a few things,” said Johnston, whose team lost back-to-back games. “It’s the details in the game. Focusing on keeping punches off the net. It is a combination of many things. We haven’t really played 60 minutes too many times this year. “

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In a 93-second blitzkrieg to start the third period, the Firecrackers pulled in even Johnston and McDonald’s goals.

However, that lead lasts less than two minutes. Excessive defender Louka Henault took a rough call after the whistle and Brendan Sellan set up the Otters for good with a power play goal.

After McDonald was whistled for a high stick, Brett Bressette added another power play goal against a Windsor penalty shootout that is last in the OHL at 67.3 percent.

“It looks like the murder is the heel of our Achilles,” Savard said. “Again, that just doesn’t make it.”

Despite a 43-27 edge in shots, the Firecrackers simply did not generate enough traffic in front of the Erie net or enough high-quality chances to get back into the game when Christian Kyrou closed the scoring for Erie with his first OHL goal.

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“We showed a really good start in the third period, but we can’t put ourselves in that situation to be under two goals,” Johnston said. “We’ve gone down twice too much this season.

“We did a really good job of getting back into it and tying it up, but we can’t let such games slip away. We have to kill in the third (period) and we can’t take stupid punishments. “

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Game Summary

Thursday Result

Spitfires

Erie 2 2 3 – 7

Windsor 2 0 2 – 4

First period: 1. Erie, Hoffmann 5 (Artichuk, Sauder) 1:57, 2. Windsor, McDonald 6 (Miedema, Abraham) 8:23, 3. Erie, Cohen 7 (Kyrou, Lockhart) 9:02, 4. Windsor, Johnston 7 (Cuylle, Henault), 13:12. Penalties: Ladd W (cross control) 4:15, Cohen E (interference) 5:43, Saganiuk E (fighting), Ribau W (fighting) 12:04, Abraham W (roughing) 17:28,

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Second period: 5. Erie, Artichoke 1 (Johnston, Lockhart) 8:52, 6. Erie, Lowe 1 (Ross) 12:37. Penalties: None.

Third period: 7. Windsor, Johnston 8 (Ribau, Miedema) 1:07, 8. Windsor, McDonald 7 (helpless) 1:33, 9. Erie, Sellan 4 (Sedore, Sova) 3:32 (pp), 10. Erie, Bressette 8 (Hoffmann, Kyrou) 6:31 (pp), 11. Erie, Kyrou 1 (Sellan, Terrance) 10:03. Penalties: Henault W (rough) 2:07, McDonald W (high stick) 5:44.

Game Statistics – SOG – Erie 7 12 8 – 27 Windsor 11 16 16 – 43 Target (shooting savings) – Erie: Lalonde (W, 4-6-1-0) (43-39). Windsor: Downey (L, 2-3-0-0) (27-20). Powerful game (goal opportunities) – Erie 2-4. Windsor 0-1. Referees: Mac Nichol (33) and Alex Ross (29). Line players: Kyle Flood (66) and Tristan Peacock (70). Al: 2,664 at the WFCU Center.

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