PHOTO: TIM CORNETT
windsorspitfires.com staff reports
He's had a big season for the Spitfires. But he took things to a whole new level on Tuesday.
Tom Kuhnhackl's team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs came with just 2:48 to play, as Windsor clipped Erie, 5-4, ending a hard-fought series in seven games.
The Spits led 4-2 heading into the final 20 minutes. But, as they did all series, the Otters stormed back, tying the game at 4-4 on goals by Greg McKegg and Tyler Hostetter.
The winner started with a harmless looking shot from the top of the right circle that Otter goalie Ramis Sadikov had a hard time controlling. It ended up landing at Kuhnhackl's feet.
And his swipe gave it just enough steam to get over the line. It was Kuhnhackl's second goal of the night. KoKo, Ryan Ellis and Taylor Carnevale had the others.
Jack Campbell made 25 saves - many again spectacular - in goal for the Spits. Sadikov stopped 42.
The Spitfires open their Western Conference semi-final series with the Saginaw Spirit on Friday night. Tickets for Game 2 go on sale Thursday morning at 10AM, 12 NOON for Season Ticket Holders.
ER Holden, (3) (Cazzola, McKegg), 1:46, WSR Khokhlachev, (4) (Ellis, Kuhnhackl), 3:06, WSR Kuhnhackl, (4) (Carrick), 9:33
ER McKegg, (3) (Cazzola, Hostetter), 5:59, WSR Ellis, (4) (Carnevale, Johnston), 12:30 (PP), WSR Carnevale, (4) (Rychel, Ebert), 15:48
ER McKegg, (4) (Szydlowski), 1:05, ER Hostetter, (2) (Cazzola, Szydlowski), 8:23, WSR Kuhnhackl, (5) (Khokhlachev, Brown), 17:12
WINDSOR: 19 - 15 - 13 = 47, ERIE: 11 - 10 - 8 = 29
WINDSOR: 1-FOR-3, ERIE: 0-FOR-2
PHOTO: BROCK ROWBERRY