Windsor Spitfires Split Pair of Weekend Games – Again
The Windsor Spitfires split a pair of games during their second straight quiet weekend of the 2022-2023 Ontario Hockey League season during which the team played just twice.
Cooper Way scored the game winner Ben Gaudreau made 21 saves as the Sarnia Sting edged the Spitfires 3-2 at Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Friday, November 18.
Newly-acquired Sasha Pastujov had a goal and an assist and Porter Martone scored the first goal of his Ontario Hockey League career for the Sting (10-6-2-1) while Alex Christopoulos and Ethan Miedema both scored for the Spitfires (11-4-3-1).
Rookie goaltender Joey Costanzo made 23 saves for Windsor while losing for the first time in five decisions in a Spitfire uniform this season.
Pastulov was acquired by the Sting in a blockbuster deal with the Guelph Storm and made his debut in a Sarnia uniform two days after being acquired. Costanzo was picked up by the Spitfires in a pre-season deal with the Niagara IceDogs. He had not lost in the previous four games that he has appeared in with the Spitfires so far in the 2022-2023 OHL campaign.
After a rare Saturday night off during the regular season, Christopoulos scored twice and Matt Onuska made 33 saves as the Spitfires doubled up the Kitchener Rangers 8-4 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Sunday night.
Michael Renwick, Jacob Maillet, Christopher O’Flaherty and Oliver Peer all scored in the first period to give the Spitfires (12-4-3-1) a commanding 4-0 lead before the game was just over 14 minutes old. Adam Zidlicky and Francesco Pinelli replied for the Rangers (8-11-0-0) to cut the Windsor lead in half before the end of the opening frame.
Pinelli scored his second goal early in the second period to bring the Rangers to within a goal but that was as close as the home team would get. Christopoulos scored his first of two goals to restore the Spits’ two goal lead at 5-3 after two periods of play.
Matthew Maggio, Liam Greentree and Christopoulos, with his second goal of the contest, all scored for the Spitfires in the third period while Joseph Serpa replied for the Rangers to round out the scoring in the game.
Marco Constantini allowed Windsor’s first four goals and made 10 saves before being pulled and replaced by Marcus Vandenburg who made 19 saves in a relief effort.
The Spitfires return to action with a rare Wednesday, November 23 night home game against the Owen Sound Attack before hosting the Flint Firebirds on Friday night Opening face-off for both games is 7:05 pm. Sandwiched in between those two games is an unusual Thursday night with no game at the WFCU Centre (American Thanksgiving).
The Spitfires will play their third game in four nights when they travel to Saginaw to take on the Spirit on Saturday, November 26 at the Dow Event Centre. First place in the OHL’s West Division could be up for grabs that night as the Spirit currently lead the Spitfires by two points in the standings. The Spitfires, however, have played two fewer games and have a higher winning percentage (.711) than their cross-border their rivals (.690).