Windsor - March 8, 2013 - The trio of Kerby Rychel, Alex Aleardi and Alexander Khokhlachev combined for eight points and Jaroslav Pavelka made
38 saves as the Spitfires kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 7-4 win over the Soo Greyhounds Thursday night in front of 5,341 at the WFCU Centre.
Tied at 3-3, Ben Johnson's 20th goal of the season at 13:47 of the second period gave the Spitfires their first lead of the night.
Remy Giftopoulos scored an unassisted goal at 15:26 to give the Spitfires a 5-3 lead before Greyhounds rookie Jared
McCann cut the lead back to one just 20 seconds later.
The game's pivotal moment came when Nick Cousins took a slashing penalty at 16:34 of the third period, opening the door
for Rychel's second of the night and 38th of the season made it 6-4 just 17 seconds later.
Nick Ebert rounded out the scoring with an empty netter from Vail and Rychel at 19:09.
Jaroslav Pavelka was outstanding in goal, making 38 saves in the win. Soo starter Justin Nichols gave up five goals on just
19 shots before he was replaced by first-stringer Matt Murray.
The win moved the Spitfires within six points of Saginaw for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Spirit will spend
their two games in hand over the next two nights, with visits to Kitchener and Guelph.
The Spitfires are back at it Sunday, as the London Knights make their final visit of the season.
SSM MCCANN (18) (MILLER, FRISTCH) 3:00,
SSM ALDERSON (26) (BROLL, COUSINS) 3:40,
WSR RYCHEL (37) (BATEMAN,
WSR VAIL (19) (ALEARDI) 11:08 SH
SSM SPROUL (20) (MILLER, FRITSCH) 4:49 PP,
WSR HO-SANG (13) (VAIL) 11:21,
WSR JOHNSON (20) (KHOKHLACHEV,
WSR GIFTOPOULOS (24) 15:26,
SSM MCCANN (19) (FRITSCH, GANLY) 15:46
WSR RYCHEL (38) (KHOKHLACHEV, GIFTOPOULOS) 16:51 PP,
WSR EBERT (11) (VAIL, RYCHEL) 19:09 EN