Jordan Frasca of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo courtesy Windsor Spitfires/OHL.

Spitfires Grounded by Spirit 4-2 on New Year’s Eve

2017 ended with a thud for the Windsor Spitfires.

The Saginaw Spirit scored three unanswered goals to put the Spits away 4-2 in Windsor’s traditional New Year’s Eve matinee at the WFCU Centre. It’s the second loss in a row for the Spitfires.

Windsor completes the 2017 portion of their season with 41 points, third in the OHL West Division. Their record is 19-13-2-1.

Jordan Frasca’s first goal of the season, and his OHL career,┬áput the Spits up first at 1:34 in the opening period. Frasca had begun the season with the Chatham Maroons.

Damien Giroux evened the score for the Spirit on the power play, but Lev Starikov gave Windsor a 2-1 lead after one period with his third goal of the season.

Saginaw opened the floodgates after that, as Mason Kohn tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal at 5:34 in the second period. Keaton Middleton’s goal put the Spirit ahead for good just 53 seconds later. Kohn added another goal late in regulation with an empty-netter.

Evan Cormier took the win in net for Saginaw, with 27 saves out of 29 tries. Michael DiPietro also faced 29 shots in goal for Windsor, stopping 26.

The Spitfires start the 2018 end of their schedule Thursday night, when they visit the Peterborough Petes.