Key Penalties Hurt Spitfires in Loss to Steelheads

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A pair of failed penalty-kills cost Windsor in OHL action Sunday after a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Steelheads in Mississauga.

The Spitfires took advantage of an early powerplay on Tyler Angle's fifth goal of the season from the slot to make it 1-0 at the three minute mark of the first period.

Thomas Harley responded for the Steelheads midway through the period but Kyle McDonald sent Windsor into the dressing room with a 2-1 lead after walking in alone on Mississauga goaltender Kai Edmonds to deposit his third goal of the year.

Steelhead James Hardie tied things up 2-2 less than a minute into the second period, and Cole Schwindt gave Mississauga a 3-2 lead on the powerplay after Windsor was caught with too many men on the ice.

Rookie Egor Afanasyev buried a feed from Cole Purboo in the dying minutes of the second period to tie things back up 3-3.

But it would be an Afanasyev tripping minor that would be the difference maker in the third, allowing Hardie to score his fourth of the year and second of the game to make it 4-3 at the 8:00min mark of the third. The Steelheads held on for just their second win of the season.

Kari Piiroinen made 24 saves in the loss for the Spitfires and falls to 3-2 on the year. Windsor is now 4-2-1 heading into a weeklong break.

The Spitfires visit Kitchener Memorial Auditorium to take on the Rangers Friday.

Puck drops at 7:30pm — tune into AM800 for all the action.