Spitfires Slip Past Knights At Home
A night of celebration at the WFCU Centre as the Windsor Spitfires raised the 2017 Memorial Cup banner and took down their rival, the London Knights, 3-1.
It was a tight game with the score tied at one until late in the third period when Aaron Luchuk tapped in the game winner on a Mathew MacDougall shot from the point, his second goal of the night.
Luchuk says the winner was gift wrapped.
"It was kind of a broken play. We ended up in a 3-on-2 and MacDougall made a great shot on it, the goalie didn't know where it was and before I knew it the puck was just sitting behind him and I was able to smack it in. It was a great shot by MacDougall and I was the beneficiary of that one."
Luchuk adds, winning five of eight games so far, the team is off to a great start.
"It's the start that no one expected from this team except for guys in our room. We knew what we had day one of camp and I think we're showing that to the league right now that we're for real. Obviously, we won the whole thing last year and we know what it takes to win under pressure and that was a testament to that tonight."
Windsor Spitfire Mathew MacDougall (Photo courtesy of Tim Cornett/Windsor Spitfires.com)
Cole Purboo added an empty netter shortly after.
The Spitfires outshot the Knights 33-29.
Michael DiPietro had a solid night in net for Windsor making 32 saves to pick up the win.
DiPietro says it's not about being a veteran or a leader, it's about playing your role.
"I really don't think my veteran role is any bit more magnified than everyone else on the team. I'm just a piece of the puzzle here. You've got to give our guys credit. We came out strong in the first, outshot them, but then, obviously, we were expecting some push back and had to be ready for that and I was."
The Spitfires and Knights go at it again Friday night in London.
Puck drop is set for 7:30pm at Budweiser Gardens.
The AM800 pre-game show gets underway at 7:05pm.
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