UPDATED: Spitfires Fall Short In New Year's Eve Matinee
The Saginaw Spirit sent Windsor into the New Year on a low note by handing them a 4-2 loss at the WFCU Centre Sunday — their second straight loss.
Jordan Frasca netted is first OHL goal to snag the lead for the Spitfires to open the first, but Damien Giroux evened things up for Saginaw on the powerplay.
"I saw [Chris] Playfair with the puck, the defense didn't really see me so I stood backdoor and Playfair hit me with the puck and I just tapped it in," he says.
Windsor's Lev Starikov pulled the Spits ahead 2-1 to close out the first, but three unanswered goals put the game out of reach for Windsor.
Forward Cole Purboo says Windsor dug a hole it just couldn't climb out of.
"We just got into penalty trouble in the second period and they started to come back and then we couldn't come back after that," he says. "Our second period killed us."
Assistant Coach Jerrod Smith says Windsor came out flying, but couldn't keep the momentum going.
"For us to win games we need to play like we did in the first period, no question about it," says Smith. "We need 20-guys outworking out opponents, being relentless, and we go that for 20-minutues and that's not good enough."
Even Cormier stopped 27 of 29 shots to snag the win for the Spirit. Michael DiPietro stopped 26 of 29 shots in the loss.
Windsor sits in third in the OHL's West Division with 41-points to close out 2017. They'll open 2018 against the Petes in Peterborough Thursday at 7pm.