WHALERS 5 SPITS 3
Dave Ducharme WindsorSpitfires.com Staff
Garrett Meurs scored twice to lead the Plymouth to a 5-3 win over Windsor in the pre-season home opener at the WFCU Centre on Monday afternoon.
Kerby Rychel and Josh Ho-Sang each had a goal and two assists for the Spits, who lost to the Whalers for the second time in three days.
Ryan Hartman and Mitch Jones each added a goal and an assist for Plymouth, which built a 5-0 lead through the game's first 31 minutes.
Hartman got the visitors on the board just 9 seconds into the game off a Nick Ebert turnover in the neutral zone.
Meurs made it 2-0 at 17:44 of the opening frame, roofing a Curtis Crombeen rebound over Jaroslav Pavelka.
The Whalers got an early start again in the second period, as Jones and Hartman paired up to make it 3-0 just 25 seconds in.
Following power play goals from Meurs and Stephen Noesen in a three-minute span, Rychel finally Windsor on the board off a pass from Ho-Sang at 18:18.
Ho-Sang's first as a Spitfire followed at 5:54 of the third period.
Michael Clarke rounded out the scoring with his first of the pre-season, with a little more than a minute to play.
Jaroslav Pavelka (26 shots, 4 goals against) and Jordan DeKort (18 shots, 1 goal against) split time in the Windsor goal.
NEXT UP: The Spitfires travel to Sarnia to take on the Sting on Sunday, September 7th. Gametime is 2:05 PM.
PLY HARTMAN (CARRICK, WILSON) 0:09
PLY MEURS (CROMBEEN, JONES) 17:44 PP
PLY JONES (HARTMAN) 0:25
PLY MEURS 8:15 PP
PLY NOESEN (PAYNE, MISTELE) 11:13 PP
WSR RYCHEL (HO-SANG) 18:18
WSR HO-SANG (RYCHEL, BRAITHWAITE) 5:54 PP
WSR CLARKE (HO-SANG, RYCHEL) 18:47
WSR 11- 7 - 11 = 29
PLY 14 - 20 - 10 = 44