Cole Purboo of the Windsor Spitfires. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell via OHL Images)

Spitfires bitten by Bulldogs 5-2

The Windsor Spitfires had a tough time Sunday against the defending Robertson Cup champions.

The Hamilton Bulldogs scored four unanswered goals to put the game out of reach for Windsor and beat them 5-2 at the WFCU Centre.

The Spitfires are now tied with the Sarnia Sting for third place in the OHL West Division standings with a 3-3 record and six points.

It was a scoreless contest until almost the halfway point of the first period, when Cole Purboo scored his second goal of the season for the Spits. Over three minutes later, Hamilton tied the game at a goal apiece when Liam Van Loon put his puck into the net for the first time this year.

Windsor took the lead again at 3:35 in the second period on Purboo’s second goal of the game, but that was all the scoring the Spits would do in the game. MacKenzie Entwistle tied the game for Hamilton at 7:07 and Ben Garagan scored the go-ahead goal before the second intermission.

Liam Stevens provided an insurance goal for the Bulldogs in the final period, and Matthew Strome scored an empty-netter to seal the win.

Zachary Roy had a memorable OHL debut in goal for Hamilton, with 42 saves out of 44 tries. Windsor’s Michael DiPietro faced 23 shots and stopped 19 of them in the loss.

The Spitfires now break for Thanksgiving and will embark on their annual eastern Ontario trip next weekend, with their first stop in Ottawa on Friday night against the 67s.