Spitfires Fall To The Soo In Overtime
A tough loss at the WFCU Centre for the Windsor Spitfires.
Windsor fell 4-3 in overtime to the Western-Conference leading Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Thursday.
The Spitfires took a 3-2 lead on a goal by winger Mathew MacDougall mid-way through the third before Greyhounds winger Boris Katchouk answered to tie the game around the 16-minute-mark.
Tim Gettinger buried the game winner for the Soo around 2-minutes into the extra frame.
Goalie Michael DiPietro stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced in a losing effort for the Spitfires. He says losing a lead in the third is a tough pill to swallow.
"We got a point but definitely no satisfaction on our side," says DiPietro. "You go get that lead in the third, almost mid-way through. You have to find a way to close it out and that was the difference. I feel like we left our foot off the gas and they made us pay."
Defenceman Sean Day says the tough loss is a learning opportunity for a young Spitfires line-up.
"For the most part I was pretty impressed with a lot of the young guys play, we were rolling four lines for most of the game," Day says. "I think it's just the little mistakes, not being in position at the right time against an experienced team like that, it shows."
Day was recently returned to the Spitfires from the NHL's New York Rangers, he says it wasn't the homecoming he hoped for.
He was - 2 with only one shot on goal in his first game back.
"Obviously the outcome isn't what I wanted for my first game back, but I felt good and I thought the team played a strong game," he says. "We can learn from the mistakes we did have, they're the best team in the conference."
Centre Aaron Luchuk lead the way for the Spitfires with two goals.
The Spitfires travel to Guelph Friday to face the Storm.
— with files from CTV Windsor's Manny Paiva.