Windsor Spitfires winger Cole Purboo on the ice at the WFCU Centre on September 22, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Spitfires Frozen 3-2 By IceDogs

The Windsor Spitfires spent much of Sunday afternoon playing catch-up.

The Niagara IceDogs got out to a big lead and held it, beating the Spitfires 3-2 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.

Windsor remains in sixth place in the OHL Western Conference with 66 points, tied with the Saginaw Spirit but with one more win. Saginaw lost to Kitchener Sunday.

The Spitfires have three games left in the regular season.

There was no scoring in the first period, but Windsor had two power-play chances and Niagara one. The Spits outshot the IceDogs 7-6 in the opening frame.

Sam Miletic scored back-to-back goals for Niagara in the second period, less than three minutes apart. Akil Thomas added one for good measure later in the stanza on the power play.

Windsor tried to climb back into the game in the third period. Cole Purboo scored to help the Spitfires avert the shutout, and Luke Kutkevicius brought his team within one later in the frame. But Windsor was unable to tie the game.

Michael DiPietro had 32 saves out of 35 attempts in goal for the Spitfires. Colton Incze stopped 24 shots for the IceDogs.

The Spitfires begin wrapping up the regular season on Thursday night, when they return to the WFCU Centre Thursday night to host the Owen Sound Attack.