Friday, April 30, 2010

OHL Championship Game 2: Another 1 goal win Gives Spitfires a 2-0 Series Lead

A couple of days after the Spitfires came-back from OT to win Game 2. It was another nail bitter as the Spitfires and Colts traded blows as the Spitfires eventually came out on top as the Spitfires will head into the next 2 games in Windsor, Ontario with a chance to complete a series sweep and defend the OHL Championship.

All 5 Windsor goals came from different players as some of the lesser known players got a chance to shine as players like Scott Timmins who had a goal & assist. Plus Mark Cundari who was one of the Game 1 hero's had a goal and 2 assists in Game 2 including a SH Goal that got the scoring going last night.

Barrie attempted to comeback with Kyle Clifford leading the way with 2 goals and almost got the game tied in the 3rd period when as he made the game 3-2 & 5-4 which were looking to turn around the momentum. However it was to no use as the Spitfires fired back the first time and ran out of time on the 2nd attempt.

Barrie will need to find a way to contain the Spitfires high flying offense and find the critical goals as this series will be a close one throughout the series. If not, then expect the Spitfires to celebrate an OHL Championship for the 2nd straight year.

From the Ontario Hockey League Website:

Dale Mitchell picked a terrific time to snap out of his cold streak. The Windsor Spitfires overage winger scored the winning goal late in the 3rd period to help the Spitfires to a 5-4 win over the Barrie Colts in Game 2 of the Rogers OHL Championship Series.

After winning the opening game 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday. the Spitfires have grabbed a 2-0 lead in the series and will play the next two games on home ice.

"I've been on a bit of a cold streak and to come up big here tonight was good for my confidence and good for the team," said Mitchell, who scored his first goal of the since the 2nd round against the Plymouth Whalers." To come in here and win two is absolutely huge. It was our goal to come in here and give these guys a test."

The Series moves to Windsor for Game 3 on Sunday (3:00 PM) and Game 4 on Tuesday Night. The Spitfires are looking to win the Robertson Cup for the second straight series and they are thrilled with their strong start to the series.

"It's obviously a big game to take coming into this tough building against this great team," said Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner. "Dale Mitchell scores big goals for the Windsor Spitfires. It's a great guy to have with the puck on his stick because he can score big goals."

Mark Cundari opened the scoring for the Spitfires with a short handed goal near the midway point of the first period.

"Any time you get a short-handed goal, its a confidence boost for your team," Cundari said. "It was a timely goal for us and we picked up it from there." We got the lead and never looked back."

Mark Cantin scored his third of the playoffs on a boost from the blueline early in the 2nd period and then Zach Kassian pushed the Spitfires lead to two with a goal at the midway point of the game. Scott Timmins scored his 9th of the playoffs and fifth in the past 4 games midway through the 3rd period and then Mitchell counted what proved to be the game-winner when he burst down the wing and fired a snap shot from the face-off circle under the crossbar for his seventh goal of the post-season.

Kyle Clifford scored two goals for the Colts, including his fifth of the playoffs to close the Spitfires lead to one goal late in the third period but the Colts weren't able to force the game into overtime.

"We need to break through," said Colts coach Marty Williamson. "I don't think our game was too bad today but we got caught making some big mistakes. You can't give a team breakaways like we did. If you make blunders against a team like this, they make you pay."

Alexander Bruistrov put the Colts with a power play marker in the last minute of the first period to tie the score at one and Taylor Carnevale brought the Colts within one goal in the third period when he picked up a loose puck at the edge of the crease and put it over the glove of the Spitfires goalie Philipp Gruaber.

Gruaber made 33 saves, including 18 in the third period for his sixth straight win while Marvic Parks allowed 5 goals on 22 shots in the loss.

It was the Spitfires fourth straight win on the road dating back to Game 4 of the Western Conference Championship Series against the Kitchener Rangers.

"We were just trying to get pucks into the net," Baugher said. "It was a simple game plan. We'll have to go back and look at the tape before Game 3. I don't think it was our best game out there. We still have some things to work on.

We know that Barrie's going to give us all we can handle in Game's 3 & 4. It's great to win two road games but it doesn't mean anything if we don't back it up at home."

Windsor Spitfires Lead Series 2-0, Game 3 is on Sunday Afternoon.

Game Boxscore

Windsor Spitfires 5 Barrie Colts 4 (1-1, 2-1, 2-2)

1-0 WSR: Mark Cundari (SH) (Unassisted) 7:41 1st

1-1 BAR: Alexander Brumistrov (PP) (Kennedy) 19:27 1st

2-1 WSR: Marc Cantin (Cundari, Timmins) 4:32 2nd

3-1 WSR: Zach Kassian (Cundari) 10:46 2nd

3-2 BAR: Kyle Clifford (Cameron, Brodie) 11:50 2nd

4-2 WSR: Scott Timmins (Unassisted) 7:48 3rd

4-3 BAR: Taylor Carnevale (Brodie, Prout) 13:09 3rd

5-3 WSR: Dale Mitchell (Unassisted) 14:10 3rd

5-4 BAR: Kyle Clifford (Cameron) 15:39 3rd

Game Stats

SOG: WSR 22 BAR 37

PP: WSR 0/3 BAR 1/5

PIM: WSR 10 Minutes on 5 Penalties BAR 6 Minutes on 3 Penalties

Goalies: WSR Phillipp Grubauer 33 SVS on 37 Shots BAR Marvic Parks 17 SVS on 22 Shots

ATT: 4312

3rd Star: Kyle Clifford (BAR)

2nd Star: Scott Timmins (WSR)

1st Star: Mark Cundari (WSR)

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