Spitfires bit by Greyhounds 6-5 in overtime

Grayson Ladd of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo courtesy Terry Wilson/OHL Images.

Morgan Frost scored the overtime winner in the Sault Ste. Marie’s 6-5 winner over the visiting Windsor Spitfires Sunday afternoon.

The Spitfires are tied for second place in the OHL West Division with the Saginaw Spirit, who fired head coach Troy Smith on Sunday, with 24 points. They collected three out of a possible four points in this weekend’s games.

It was late in the first period before Barrett Hayton scored for Sault Ste. Marie, shorthanded.

The Hounds picked up where they left off early in the second period when Cole McKay doubled the lead on a power-play goal. Hayton struck again at the seven-minute mark of the middle frame with yet another short-handed lamplighter to make it 3-0 Greyhounds. Windsor then began to climb back into the game with back-to-back goals from Daniel D’Amico and Grayson Ladd to cut the Hounds’ lead to 3-2. The last 90 seconds of the middle frame were a scoring whirlwind. Jordan Sambrook extended the Sault Ste. Marie lead to 4-2 at 18:41, but the Spits’ tied the game before the intermission with goals from Curtis Douglas and Mathew MacDougall.

With the score 4-4 at the start of the third stanza, the Spits took their only lead of the game at 2:44 on Kyle McDonald’s third goal of the season. Keeghan Howdeshell tied it up again for the Hounds later in the period to force overtime. Morgan Frost only needed 14 seconds of the overtime period to score the winner.

Kari Piiroinen stopped 33 saves in goal for the Spitfires. Mario Peccia had 29 saves for Sault Ste. Marie.

Windsor next travels to Flint to play the Firebirds Friday night, then returns home for back-to-back games Saturday and next Sunday.