Erie Otters Spank the Spitfires Young Pups 5-2

The Windsor Spitfires, dressing nine rookies, showed their youthful exuberance in front of the 40th Anniversary opening night home crowd by taking a quick 2-0 lead. But Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters stopped the Spitfires from winning in the club’s home opener Friday, scoring once and adding two assists in the 5-2 decision at the WFCU Centre. The Spitfires got on the board first at 3:50 of the opening period (see video), as Mark Manchurek banged the puck past Devin Williams (21 saves) for his first Spitfires goal. Chris Marchese kept the crowd going by putting the home team ahead 2-0, netting his first goal assisted by Markus Soberg.

The Otters started the come back by cutting the lead to 2-1 at the end of first period with Nick Betz’s third of the season. After Connor McDavid tied the game in the opening minute of the second period, Betz gave the Otters the lead, taking a McDavid feed on a shorthanded 2-on-1 at 17:09.

Taylor Raddysh and Jesse Saban added insurance goals for the Erie Otters.

Alex Fotinos made 42 saves, as the Otters outshot the Spits 47-23 in the loss.

The Spitfires will look to rebound Sunday afternoon, as they host the Guelph Storm, who lost their opener to the Belleville Bulls 6-0.
Check out the Game Day Preview By Evan Mathias, Staff Reporter

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas is part of the new breed of cutting edge convergence journalists. He graduated from the St. Clair College Journalism program. All of his training was received directly from the state of the art MediaPlex Campus in Downtown Windsor.
Mike interned at the Windsor Star and left his journalism mark at the paper with reporter skills that landed him a front page story. He was awarded the Student Leadership Award for the St. Clair College Journalism Program and is an award winning photographer.
Simply put, a convergence journalist writes the story, shoots the pix and vids and reports it out using social media. He uses his weekly live stream web TV show on, “The Convergence Report with Mike Thomas” to report out on Windsor – Essex community events including sports.
For the last two years Mike was part of Noxtrom Digital Media/’s live stream broadcast team, covering the National Basketball League of Canada’s Champion Windsor Express. He also covered Windsor’s International Children’s Games in 2013.
An avid sports fan, Mike is a season ticket holder for the Detroit Lions and was there for the unforgettable 0fer 16 football season. His highs and lows include being a long suffering Toronto Maple Leaf fan and riding the Detroit Tiger rollercoaster.
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