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Posted: April 4th, 2011

What: No. 5 Erie Otters at No. 4 Windsor Spitfires

When: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit by beating the Spitfires, the two-time defending OHL and Memorial Cup champions, in overtime the past two games. … They tied the series at three games apiece with a 6-5 overtime win in Game 6 Sunday. That was the Otters’ first home playoff win in OT since May 10, 2002, when Sean Courtney scored to seal the franchise’s only OHL championship. … The Otters have won two straight playoff games for the first time since the first round in 2005 against Kitchener. … The Otters have won two of three games in Windsor, both by one goal (2-1 in Game 1 and 6-5 in OT in Game 5). … The Otters’ three wins in this series equals the combined total since their last series victory in 2004 (first round vs. Sarnia). … The franchise is 0-5 in series when trailing 3-1 in games. The Otters have rallied to force Game 7 twice but lost both times (first round vs. London in 1998, second round vs. Sault Ste. Marie in 2000). … The Otters have tied their playoff record with three overtime games in one series (first round vs. Kitchener in 2005). … RW Anthony Luciani (7-3-10) was named OHL player of the week after totaling six goals and nine points last week. … Luciani and C Phil Varone (3-10-13) combined for eight goals and 17 points in the past two games. … Linemate Brett Thompson scored the OT winner on Sunday, his first career playoff goal. … G Ramis Sadikov (3-2-1 record, 4.07 goals-against average, .907 save percentage) has made 50 and 48 saves, respectively, in the past two games – the second and the third-best single-game totals in his career. He made 51 in a first-round loss to the Spitfires last season. … F Andrew Yogan (sick) isn’t expected to play tonight after missing the past three games. “I told him the other day that we’re probably going to go with what we’ve got,” coach Robbie Ftorek said Sunday. “He’s fine, but he doesn’t have the hands and the timing that the other players have because he only played nine games (in the regular season because of shoulder surgery).”

Windsor – The Spitfires have squandered consecutive opportunities to win the series, including squandering 3-0 and 4-3 leads on Sunday. … According to The Windsor Star, the Spitfires have never lost a series when leading 3-1 in games (9-0). This is the third time a series has reached a seventh game (1991 vs. London, 2000 vs. Sarnia). … G Jack Campbell (3-1-2, 3.42, .903) has allowed 16 goals on his last 124 shots after stopping 105-of-112 shots in the first three games. … The Spitfires have recorded 40 or more shots on goal in all six games, including more than 50 in the past two games. … D Adrian Robertson (2-7-9) leads the team in scoring and is tied for second in scoring by defenseman in the playoffs. … RW Jake Carrick (4-4-8), C Stephen Johnston (4-4-8) and LW Tom Kuhnhackl (3-5-8) also rank among team leaders in scoring.

Up next: TBD

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 3rd, 2011

Brett Thompson picked the perfect time to score his first OHL playoff goal.

The veteran winger scored 8 minutes, 51 seconds into overtime to seal the Erie Otters’ 6-5 win in Game 6 in front of 4,059 at Tullio Arena on Sunday. His goal evened the series at 3-3 and forced Game 7 on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

Yet any momentum from the Otters’ 6-5 overtime win in a must-win Game 5 didn’t carry over into the opening period of another must-win game. The Spitfires gained control with three straight goals.

Tom Kuhnhackl scored arguably his easiest goal of the season 8:32 into the opening period. He leisurely slipped a rebound into an open net while players from both teams, including Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov, laid on the ice after a scramble for the puck to the left of the Otters’ net.

Then the Spitfires scored twice – both by Taylor Carnevale – in less than 3 minutes late in the period to take a commanding 3-0 lead. He fired a rebound past Sadikov a second or two before the net kicked off its supports for a 2-0 lead with 5:09 left. He scored again with 2:38 left for his third goal of the series.

However, all but one of Windsor’s three-goal lead vanished in a 26-second span of the second.

Anthony Luciani scored off an assist from Phil Varone to move the Otters within 3-1 at the 3:29 mark of the period. Then Brett Cook’s rebound of Brett Appio’s shot sliced Windsor’s lead to 3-2 at 3:55.

Luciani had two goals and two assists to give him six goals and eight points in the past two games. He leads the OHL with seven playoff goals. Varone had a goal and three assists after totaling a goal and four assists in Game 5. They teamed with Thompson to produce four goals and nine points in the win.

The Spitfires responded 32 seconds later on Stephen Johnston’s goal, which extended their lead to 4-2.

But Luciani continued his torrid stretch with his second of the game, sixth in the last two games and a OHL-leading seventh of the playoffs to move the Otters back within 4-3 with 1:07 left in the period.

The Otters tied it on the power play, as Varone’s point shot eluded Campbell 6:49 into the third period. Derek Holden (two assists) and Thompson had the assists on the goal. The Spitfires rallied late to tie the score for the second straight game. This time, Adrian Robertson scored on a rebound through a crowd in front of Sadikov to tie the score at 5 with 3:59 left.

Yet Thompson’s goal kept the Otters’ playoff hopes alive. The teams combined for 120 shots on goal, with the Otters’ 67 shots setting a new franchise playoff record.

- Victor Fernandes

Series schedule

No. 4 Windsor vs. No. 5 Erie

Game 1 – Erie 2, Windsor 1

Game 2 – Windsor 4, Erie 3 (2OT)

Game 3 – Windsor 6, Erie 2

Game 4 – Windsor 7, Erie 4

Game 5 – Erie 6, Windsor 5 (OT)

Game 6 – Erie 6, Windsor 5 (OT)

Game 7 – Tuesday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.

Series tied 3-3

* If necessary


Otters 6, Spitfires 5 (OT)

Windsor  3  1  1  0  —  5

Erie  0  3  2  1  —  6

1st Period — 1. Windsor, Tom Kuhnhackl 3 (Khokhlachev, Carrick), 8:32. 2. Windsor, Taylor Carnevale 2 (Rychel, Ellis), 14:51. 3. Windsor, Carnevale 3 (Robertson, Posa), 17:22. Penalties — Shields (E) high sticking, 15:10.

2nd Period — 4. Erie, Anthony Luciani 6 (Varone), 3:29. 5. Erie, Brett Cook 1 (Appio), 3:55. 6. Windsor, Stephen Johnston 4 (Ryan), 4:27. 7. Erie, Luciani 7 (Shields, Holden), 18:53. Penalties — Appio (E) roughing, 7:28; Ryan (W) goaltender interference, 11:49.

3rd Period — 8. Erie, Phil Varone 3 (Holden, Thompson), 6:49 (pp). 9. Erie, Derek Holden 2 (Luciani, Varone), 10:56. 10. Windsor, Adrian Robertson 2 (Kassian, Ryan), 16:01. Penalties — Ellis (E) holding, 6:39; Cazzola (E) roughing, 10:13; Robertson (W) roughing, 10:13.

Shots on goal — Windsor, 29-10-10-4—53; Erie, 30-15-14-8—67.

Overtime — 11. Brett Thompson 1 (Varone, Luciani), 8:51. Penalties — None.

Goaltenders — Windsor, Jack Campbell 3-1-2 (67 shots, 61 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 2-2-1 (53 shots, 48 saves).

Power plays — Windsor (0-2), Erie (1-2).

Referees — Bob Langdon, Scott Ferguson. Linesmen — Kevin Hastings, Jesse Wilmot.

Attendance — 4,059.

Three stars

* Brett Thompson, Otters (GW goal, assist) ** Phil Varone, Otters (goal, three assists) *** Anthony Luciani, Otters (2 goals, 2 assists)

Posted: March 31st, 2011

What: No. 5 Erie Otters at No. 4 Windsor Spitfires

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters need a win to avoid being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight season. They haven’t won a first-round series since beating Sarnia in 2004. … The franchise is 0-5 in series when trailing 3-1 in games. The Otters lost Game 5 three times. … The Otters have lost three straight for the first time since October. … G Ramis Sadikov (1-2-1 record, 3.81 goals-against average, .906 save percentage) has allowed 10 goals on his last 70 shots (7.05 GAA, .875 save pct.). … Rookie backup G Chris Festarini has allowed three goals on 18 shots in 35 minutes of play (5.12 GAA, .833 save pct.). … The Otters were 1-for-6 on the power play in their Game 4 loss Monday to fall to 3-for-27 in the series. … C Mike Cazzola (3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points) and RW Shawn Szydlowski (2-3-5) have points in the past three games. … C Phil Varone (1-3-4) has points in three of four games. … Coach Robbie Ftorek said F Andrew Yogan missed Game 4 because he was ill and banged up. “We’ve got to see how that works its way out,” Ftorek said.

Windsor – LW Tom Kuhnhackl (2-3-5) rebounded from a leg injury in Game 3 by totaling two goals and two assists in Game 4. … RW Jake Carrick (3-3-6) has more goals and points in this series than in his previous 19 playoff games (1-2-3 with Sault Ste. Marie in 2008 and 2010). … C Stephen Johnston (3-3-6), RW Zack Kassian (1-4-5) and D Adrian Robertson (0-5-5) also lead the offense. … Six different players recorded at least two points in the Game 4 win. … The Spitfires have recorded 40 or more shots on goal in all four games (44.5 per-game average). … The power-play unit has capitalized on 4-of-14 chances in the past two games after failing on 16-of-17 opportunities in the first two games. … G Jack Campbell has a 3-1 record, 2.44 GAA and .920 save pct. in the series.

Up next: Game 6 at Erie (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.), Game 7 at Windsor (Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.)*

* If necessary (both games)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 30th, 2011

The Windsor Spitfires have taken command of their series with the Erie Otters.

The Spitfires exploded for seven goals on 42 shots in a 7-4 win against the Otters in Game 4 of their best-of-seven quarterfinal series, played in front of 3,316 at Tullio Arena on Wednesday night.

The Spitfires, which lead 3-1 in the series, can eliminate the Otters with a win in Game 5 on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Seven Spitfires contributed multiple points in the win.

Tom Kuhnhackl led the way with two goals and two assists. Alexander Khokhlachev (two goals, assist) and Jake Carrick (goal, two assists) had three points apiece. David Shields had two points for the Otters.

The shootout many expected from two of the OHL’s top offenses finally erupted in the first period.

The teams scored five goals on 15 shots, with the Spitfires building a 3-2 lead. Windsor scored on their first two shots to chase Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov from the game for the second straight outing.

Kuhnhackl, who left Game 3 early on Monday with an apparent leg injury, beat Sadikov for a 1-0 lead 1:27 into the opening period. Khokhlachev scored from in front at the 3:52 mark.

Tyler Hostetter scored less than five minutes later to slice the Otters’ deficit to 2-1, only to have Stephen Johnston score on the power play against rookie backup Chris Festarini with 7:06 left in the period to regain the Spitfires’ two-goal lead. Windsor scored its first three goals on four shots.

Then with 4:15 left in the period, Shields slipped a shot past Spitfires goaltender Jack Campbell to send the Otters into the first intermission trailing 3-2. The Otters scored twice on nine shots.

But Zack Kassian’s first goal of the series 47 seconds into the second period, which handed the Spitfires a 4-2 lead, forced Otters coach Robbie Ftorek to send Sadikov back into the game.

Greg McKegg pulled the Otters within a goal again at 4-3, as he fired a rebound of Shawn Szydlowski’s shot off the post past Campbell 4:56 into the period. But McKegg’s goaltender interference penalty led to Kuhnhackl’s power-play score – his second goal of the game and series – that extended the Spitfires’ lead to 5-3 with 11:27 left in the period. Carrick scored five minutes later for a 6-3 lead.

The Spitfires scored those six goals on 18 shots. The Otters moved within 6-4 at the 5:01 mark of the third period, as Mike Cazzola poked in a rebound late in a 5-on-3 opportunity. But Khokhlachev scored his second goal of the night less than 2 minutes later to extend Windsor’s lead to 7-4. Windsor outshot the Otters 22-7 in the third to finish with a 48-26 advantage.

- Victor Fernandes

Series schedule

No. 4 Windsor vs. No. 5 Erie

Game 1 – Erie 2, Windsor 1

Game 2 – Windsor 4, Erie 3 (2OT)

Game 3 – Windsor 6, Erie 2

Game 4 – Windsor 7, Erie 4

Game 5 – Friday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.

Game 6 – Sunday at Erie, 4:30 p.m.*

Game 7 – Tuesday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*

Windsor leads series 3-1

* If necessary


Spitfires 7, Otters 4

Windsor  3  3  1  —  7

Erie  2  1  1  —  4

1st Period — 1. Windsor, Tom Kuhnhackl 1 (Duininck), 1:27. 2. Windsor, Alexander Khokhlachev 1 (Robertson, Kuhnhackl), 3:52. 3. Erie, Tyler Hostetter 1 (Festarini), 8:27. 4. Windsor, Stephen Johnston 3 (Kassian, Duininck), 12:54 (pp). 5. Erie, David Shields 1 (Luciani, Holden), 15:45. Penalties — Rychel (W) tripping, 4:11; Cook (E) checking from behind, 12:16; Carrick (W) hooking, 14:08; Thompson (E) tripping, 15:31.

2nd Period — 6. Windsor, Zack Kassian 1 (Ryan, Johnston), :47. 7. Erie, Greg McKegg 2 (Szydlowski, Shields), 4:56. 8. Windsor, Kuhnhackl 2 (Carrick, Khokhlachev), 8:33 (pp). 9. Windsor, Jake Carrick 3 (Kuhnhackl), 13:34. Penalties — McKegg (E) goaltender interference, 8:24; Kassian (W) roughing, 15:51.

3rd Period — 10. Erie, Mike Cazzola 3 (Szydlowski, Varone), 5:01 (pp). 11. Windsor, Khokhlachev 2 (Carrick, Robertson), 6:50. Penalties — Luciani (E) 4-min. roughing, 2:04; Khokhlachev (W) roughing, 2:04; Robertson (W) roughing, 2:04; Varone (E) slashing, 2:04; Ellis (E) slashing, 3:04; Johnston (W) tripping, 4:21; Carnevale (W) holding, 9:37; Luciani (E) roughing, 13:09; Szydlowski (E) slashing, 14:44; Kassian (W) roughing, 14:44; Crisp (E) slashing, 17:00.

Shots on goal — Windsor, 9-17-22—42; Erie, 6-13-7—26.

Goaltenders — Windsor, Jack Campbell 3-1-0 (26 shots, 22 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 1-2-1 (37shots, 32 saves), Chris Festarini (11 shots, 9 saves).

Power plays — Windsor (2-6), Erie (1-6).

Referees — Craig Spada, Mike Cairns. Linesmen — Darryl Wolfe, Matthew Traub.

Attendance — 3,316.

Three stars

* Tom Kuhnhackl, Spitfires (2 goals, 2 assists) ** Alexander Khokhlachev, Spitfires (2 goals, assist) *** Mike Cazzola, Otters (goal)

Posted: March 24th, 2011

What: No. 4 Erie Otters (39-26-1-1) at No. 5 Windsor Spitfires

When: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters enter the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak – their longest since the 2001-02 team won eight straight games from Oct. 18-Nov. 23, 2001. That team won the franchise’s only OHL championship later that season. … The Otters finished the regular season as the third team in franchise history to reach 40 wins. The Otters won 45 games in 2000-01 and 41 in 2001-02. … The Otters split the four-game season series with the Spitfires, with each team winning once at home and on the road. … LW Greg McKegg’s 49 goals rank second on the Otters’ single-season list behind Cory Pecker (53 in 2001-02). … McKegg’s 92 points rank fourth on the single-season list behind Pecker (99 in 2001-02), Rob Hisey (96 in 2003-04) and Zack Torquato (93 in 2009-10). … McKegg was tied for third in the league in goals and eighth in points. … The Otters have set a franchise record with 281 goals scored. … RW Brett Thompson (44-40-84) ranked sixth in goals and among the top 20 in points. … RW Shawn Szydlowski (41-37-78) was tied for ninth in goals. … The Otters (17-16-1-0) finished with a winning road record for the first time since the 2001-02 season (21-13-0-0) and for the third time in franchise history (19-8-5-2 in 2000-01). … G Ramis Sadikov led the league in minutes played (3,295) and tied for the lead in games (58) despite missing three weeks with an injured leg. … He also ranked among the top six in goals-against average (2.88) and save percentage (.912). He tied for fourth with two shutouts.

Windsor – The Spitfires are the two-time defending league and Memorial Cup champion. … They ended the regular season with seven wins in their last 10 games (7-2-1-0). … They ranked third in goals scored (280), one behind the Otters. … They allowed 20 more goals than the Otters (247-227). … They are 21-9-1-3 at home. … D Ryan Ellis (24-76-100) is the first OHL defenseman to record 100 points in a season since Bill McCauley (102 with Detroit Jr. Red Wings in 1994-95). … Ellis ranked fifth in the league scoring race. The Spitfires had no other players in the top 20. … LW Tom Kuhnhackl (39-29-68), who reportedly signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week, ranked among the top 15 in goals. … G Jack Campbell, Team USA’s goaltender at the past IIHF World Junior Championship events, had mediocre numbers in the regular season (24-14-2-2, 3.80 GAA, .884 save pct.).

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 31st, 2010

WINDSOR, Ontario – Mike Cazzola made a grand return to the Erie Otters’ lineup on Thursday.

Cazzola, who missed nearly two months with a broken wrist, scored a goal to help the Otters end 2010 on a high note – with a 5-3 win against Windsor in front of 6,558 at WFCU Centre.

Cazzola scored with 1 minute, 33 seconds left in the second period – his 10th goal of the season – to cap a stretch of three unanswered goals in nine minutes that turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Goals from Phil Varone and David Broll sparked the Otters’ decisive outburst.

Windsor (21-14-0-1) tied the score at 3-3 with 9:45 left in the third on Alexander Khokhlachev’s second goal of the game. But Otters defenseman Brett Cook fired a shot past goaltender Troy Passingham to snap the tie with 4:45 left. Shawn Szydlowski’s short-handed goal with 2:39 left to seal the win.

The Otters (18-18-1-1) salvaged a win on their three-game West Division trip. They have won only two of nine games against that division (2-6-0-1). Cook and Varone had a goal and assist apiece for the Otters, which outshot Windsor 51-31. Brady Austin added two assists.

Passingham made 46 saves for the Spitfires, which are playing without goaltender Jack Campbell, defenseman Ryan Ellis and forwards Zack Kassian and Tom Kuhnhackl. They’re playing in the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

The Otters return to action Wednesday at Tullio Arena against Niagara.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 30th, 2010

What: Erie Otters (17-18-1-1) at Windsor Spitfires (21-13-0-1)

When: Thursday, 2:05 p.m.

Where: WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (25 goals, 28 assists, 53 points), RW Shawn Szydlowski (17-15-32), RW Anthony Luciani (13-18-31), G Ramis Sadikov (17-14-1-1 record, 2.95 goals-against average, .911 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Phil Varone (13-14-27)

Windsor – C Alexander Khokhlachev (16-28-44), G Troy Passingham (9-4-0-1, 3.00, .902), C Eric Locke (19-13-32), C Stephen Johnston (8-22-30), RW Kenny Ryan (10-17-27)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters complete a three-game West Division road trip against the Spitfires, who won the first two meetings in the four-game season series (5-3 in Windsor Oct. 14 and 3-2 in Erie Oct. 29). … The Otters are 1-6-0-1 against West Division teams. … Rookie LW Chris Marchese (3-7-10), rookie D Adam Pelech (1-5-6, plus-1) and Team Ontario topped Czech Republic 7-1 Wednesday in their opener at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Marchese had a goal and assist for Ontario, which faced Slovakia late Thursday night in Winnipeg. … McKegg and Luciani have a combined three points in the team’s last four games. … Sadikov extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive starts to 27 games in Wednesday’s loss to Saginaw. … The Otters are 8-10-1-0 on the road.

Windsor – RW Zack Kassian (15-33-48) and D Ryan Ellis (12-28-40) are representing their native Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. … G Jack Campbell (12-9-0-0, 3.68, .887) is playing for the United States. … C Tom Kuhnhackl (17-16-33) is playing for Germany. … The Spitfires, who are fourth in the Western Conference, have lost two straight after a stretch of seven wins in eight games. … They are among the top 10 on the power play (21.4 percent) and penalty kill (80.7).

Up next: vs. Niagara (Wednesday, 7 p.m.), at Kitchener (Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 29th, 2010

The Windsor Spitfires desperately needed a road win. The Erie Otters were gracious hosts.

Rookie Eric Locke’s goal snapped a tie with 7.8 seconds left in the Spitfires’ 3-2 in front of 2,527 at Tullio Arena Friday night. In the process, Windsor (8-6-0-1) snapped a 0-4 start on the road.

After an evenly matched start to the game, Spitfires forward Stephen Johnston’s slashing penalty handed the Otters’ dangerous power play a quality scoring opportunity. The Otters (4-10-1-0), which began the night ranked third in the OHL with the man advantage, capitalized on the chance.

Mike Cazzola redirected Tyler Hostetter’s cross-crease pass past Spitfires goaltender Jack Campbell to snap the scoreless tie 7:46 into the opening period. Otters goaltender Ramis Sadikov took control from there, as he stopped all 13 shots he faced in the period.

Sadikov faced a steady barrage of shots in the second period – 19 in all. The Spitfires slipped one past him early, as Tom Kuhnhackl’s shot from in front deflected off Hostetter’s stick and floated over Sadikov for the tying goal at the 1:14 mark. Brett Appio’s goal, on assists from Matthew Paton and Mitch Gaulton, regained the Otters’ one-goal lead at 2-1 with 10:58 left in the period.

But Zack Kassian scored off a rebound – his seventh goal and 19th point in 10 games – to tie the score at 2 less than two minutes later. Windsor finished with a 19-10 shot advantage in the period.

The Otters outshot Windsor 14-10 in the third. But the Spitfires managed the lone score, Locke’s goal off a 3-on-2 rush in the waning seconds. Locke had a goal and assist. Windsor finished with a 40-34 shot advantage. Campbell finished with 32 saves while Sadikov had 37.

- Victor Fernandes


Spitfires 3, Otters 2

Windsor  0  2  1  —  3

Erie  1  1  0  —  2

1st Period — 1. Erie, Mike Cazzola 8 (Hostetter, Holden), 7:46 (pp). Penalties — Paton (E) tripping, 1:17; Johnston (W) slashing, 7:10; Posa (W) hooking, 9:03; Cazzola (E) holding, 13:56; Paton (E) goaltender interference, 16:19.

2nd Period — 2. Windsor, Tom Kuhnhackl 6 (Khokhlachev, MacIntyre), 1:14. 3. Erie, Brett Appio 3 (Paton, Gaulton), 9:02. 4. Windsor, Zack Kassian 7 (Ellis, Locke), 10:27. Penalties — MacIntyre (W) interference, 13:42; Posa (W) hooking, 15:59; Holden (E) interference, 17:26.

3rd Period — 5. Windsor, Eric Locke 5 (Ryan, Johnston), 19:52. Penalties — Locke (W) high sticking, 7:43; Gaulton (E) hooking, 9:46; Ellis (W) hooking, 13:18.

Shots on goal — Windsor, 11-19-10—40; Erie, 10-10-14—34.

Goaltenders — Windsor, Jack Campbell 5-5-0-0 (34 shots, 32 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 4-7-1-0 (40 shots, 37 saves).

Power plays — Windsor (0-5), Erie (1-6).

Referees — Keith Kaval, Joe Celestin. Linesmen — Drew Jackson, Ryan Wilson.

Attendance — 2,527.

Three stars

* Brett Appio, Otters (goal) ** Adam Pelech, Otters (defense) *** Eric Locke, Spitfires (goal, assist)