Spitfires Both Win and Lose 6-3 in Pair of Weekend Games
Last Thursday night – October 28 – the Spitfires doubled up the Guelph Storm as Ethan Miedema. Wyatt Johnston, Kyle McDonald, Will Cuylle, Ryan Abraham and Nathan Ribau all scored once and Kyle Downey made 36 saves enroute to being named the game’s first star.
Downey, of the Spitfires’ three second round picks in the 2021 Ontario Priority Selection, was making his second consecutive start at home and picked up his second career OHL win the process.
Sasha Pastujov scored twice and Danny Zhilkin added a single marker for the Storm. Jacob Oster, the starting netminder for the visitors, was yanked just over four minuted into the first period after allowing two goals on the first four shots he faced.
Owen Bennett made 18 saves the rest of the way in a relief effort for the Storm while allowing Windsor’s final four goals.
Two nights later – on Halloween eve, the Spitfires dropped a 6-3 contest to the visiting Kitchener Rangers.
Spits team captain Will Cuylle scored his team-leading fifth goals of the season while Wyatt Johnston, the first round pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2021 National Hockey League Priority Selection, scored his fifth of the season for the Spitfires.
Downey made his third straight start at home and made 18 saves while being tagged with the first loss of his young OHL career.
Mike Petizian had the hat-trick for the Rangers while Declan McDonnell chipped in with a pair and Matthew Sop had the other goal for the Rangers, who defeated the Spitfires for the second time in two games this season (Kitchener defeated Windsor in a shootout the week before at the Memorial Auditorium). Pavel Cajan, the game’s first star, made 42 saves while picking up his second win over the Spitfires in eight days.
Next up for the Spitfires is a Wednesday night game at the Dort Financial Cemter against the Flint Firebirds in Windsor’s first OHL game in the United States since the start of the pandemic.
After a rare Thursday night off during the OHL regular season, the Spitfires return to action on Saturday night in their second game against an American-based team. This time Windsor will be hosting the Erie Otters at the WFCU Centre.
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