Late Rychel Goal Seals Comeback Win Over HoundsDecember 6, 2012 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Windsor Spitfires
Ben Johnson (5) and Brady Vail (12) had the other goals for Windsor, which won consecutive games for just the second time this season; the first coming when they beat these same Greyhounds on September 22nd, before topping the Kitchener Rangers on September 27th .
Sergey Tolchinsky (12) and Michael Schumacher scored for Sault Ste Marie (13-15-2-0), which fell two points behind Windsor (12-12-1-5) in the tightly-bunched Western Conference.
Tolchinsky opened the scoring at 7:03 of the opening period. Schumacher extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:49 of the second. Desperately needing a goal, Johnson took another dazzling Josh Ho-Sang pass and beat Matt Murray (37 saves) to get the Spits within one.
But it was Vail's goal - a power play tally in the final minute - that turned the tide, tying the game at 2-2 after 40.
With just 4:18 left in what was a tightly-contested third period, Rychel followed a Zach Lorentz rebound that Murray couldn't handle and chopped it home for the game winner - his team-leading 17th of the year.
Jaroslav Pavelka was, once again, outstanding in goal for Windsor, turning aside 35 shots.
The Spitfires are now 7-0 against the three teams below them in the Western Conference standings this season: the Greyhounds (3-0), Spirit (2-0) and Otters (2-0).
They'll look to make it three straight wins Friday night in Sarnia. Gametime is 7:05.
Ontario Hockey League Stories from December 6, 2012
- Late Rychel Goal Seals Comeback Win Over Hounds - Windsor Spitfires
- IceDogs Cruise Past Ottawa 9-0 - Niagara IceDogs
- Spirit Fall to Sting at Home - Saginaw Spirit
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.