Windsor Spitfires 2019-20 Season Thread (Part 3)

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  1. OHLTG

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    The "this feed is fuzzy" debate is amusing to me. It wasn't that long ago where none of the US games were on TV and, while they may not be HD or crystal clear, you can still tell what's going on. Still beats not being on TV at all.

    As for Robinson - he crawled to the bench at one point but came out for a shift or two later. Hopefully it's nothing serious; he didn't look as involved when he returned.
     
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    Just a matter of opinion.
     
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    Cogeco listing a rotary auction at 7:00 rather than spits game - if that is not a mistake then not much reason left to keep cogeco
     
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    Supposed to be on 469 and free, normally a sports back channel
     
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    Letowski switching lines up; Johnston playing with Foudy and Afanasyev on the second line. THAT intrigues me.
     
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    it’s on 469 alright and so far Spits up 1-0 and Saggy looking tired...
     
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    Best start they've had in two weeks.

    A bit of a shake up was needed, see how it goes. Top two lines look re-energized and nice goal by Cuylle with a smart play by Angle to show some patience and find him coming in wide open.

    I like the look of Johnston so far with Foudy and Afanasyev. He's looked more engage since the U17s but so has looked his best to start tonight.

    Looks like they've made a few changes to how those lines are controlling the puck, systems needed a shake up as well and so far a new look seems to be going their way.

    Only one period but starting the right way.
     
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    3-0 Windsor final. Piiroinen shutout!
     
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    As you reported Robinson's injury played a major role in not playing last night. He had a miraculous recovery, played far more physical tonight, and logged all the minutes Rupoli had taken. Pay attention!

    The Spits played much harder, more physical and looked like a team tonight.
     
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    Great all around game for a change. Kari awesome, we're going to seriously miss him for almost a month. Defense stellar. Great puck battles. Douglas skates looked sharpened properly lol. Johnston just starting to show signs of a high draft pick. Line changes seem to benefit all involved thankfully. Big 2 points tonight.
     
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    After three rough losses the team stepped up with a full 60 minute effort tonight for the 3-0 shutout win.

    Piiroinen not tested a whole lot most of the game but was there when he needed to be. Heading to Finland's camp on a high note with a nice confidence boost. Good for him and barring any surprises if Finland takes 3 goaltenders we likely won't see him again until the new year.

    The changes in the lines were fine, give them a couple of games to see how they come together.

    Good to see them look like they're getting back on track. Only one game so let's see if they can carry this through to the break.
     
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    Spits play really well in Saginaw. Can we play all our games there?
     
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    Curious how their energy level was this game compared to last 2 or even 3 games?
     
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    Obviously none of us can speak to their actual energy level seeing as there has been no mention in the media about a flu bug going through the room, as there is many times it happens.

    If you look at how they've played tonight versus the last three games it explains a lot.

    Tonight there initiated the play, the last three games they let their their opponents dictate the play leaving Windsor chasing the puck instead of controlling it.

    Looking at basic fundamentals, they struggled to make a solid pass, trying to simply softly push the puck ahead. Tonight they were connecting on their passes.

    The last three games they were physically taken out of the play while tonight they were engaged and initiating physical contact.

    There's lots of comparisons that can be made, the best one for me is the last three games looked like the first three/four weeks of the season regardless of the outcome they were tentative and unsure in their play.

    Tonight looked the way they did after they won a few in a row, growing confidence, initiating the play, dictating how the game would be played.

    While looking at illness or some other reason for a couple poor outings after a lengthy streak of strong improving play could provide a simple explanation if it doesn't fit their play the first three/four weeks when they played the same way and it was a level of play that was expected then I don't buy it.

    The team started the year as expected, played better than anyone expected for a stretch then came back to what was initially expected of their play. It's hard to accept a letdown after a stretch like that but it's what usually happens when a team exceeds expectations.

    Could there have been a couple of players that were sick? Sure but usually you hear about it in the media and it's usually reflected in how players are used, which never really changed.

    If it was a larger group that was ill it would have bern discussed during the broadcast how many players were struggling due to illness. It never was.

    This team is better than they were the last couple of games but not quite as good as their record is. Doesn't make them a bad team, just a team that has overachieved a bit and most have come to hope and believe they're as good as their record and not somewhere in the middle.

    Does anyone really think Guelph is as goid as they've been? Probably not. That doesn't mean they're a bad team but they're playing well and exceeding expectations. They'll likely start coming down a bit before the deadline.

    Does anyone think Kitchener is as bad as their record was showinf? Probably not. Doesn't mean they're likely to win it all but they're certainly not as bad as they were playing for a stretch.

    What's the old saying, water always finds its level.

    Windsor will likely be an up and down team all season. When everything comes together they're going to look really good. When their opponent can get an early jump on them they're going to struggle at times to answer back.
     
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    Nice road win .
     
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    Sarnia guy here... was at the Spits-Spirit game tonight. That was the best team effort I have seen by any team anywhere in the OHL in the past couple years. Piiroinen had to make zero tough saves all night. Three snipes for the goals. Solid effort by all.
     
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    Nice bounce back win,especially on the road,3 lines of the 4 figure in on the goals,great determined team effort,Piironen rarely tested,allowed only 23 shots on this night,only 22 vs Kitchener, including 3 in the last period,only 19 vs Niagara,and Niagara had 7 PPs,infact Kitchener had 6 PPs and Saginaw had 6 tonight,other then too many, Windsor easily could be on a 3 winning streak they have been the better team 5 on 5 the last 3 games,have only allowed 3 goals 5 on 5
    In the last 3 games,thats usually a recipe for success.
    Spits are 4-3 in the last 7,have allowed 20 goals in those 7,and that's including 6 in the one bad game at London,got to admit 14 goals in 6 is pretty good.
    Tonight Windsor imposed their will on Saginaw and the Spirit never got going.
    Nice games from the likes of Boka, Douglas,Playfair,McDonald, Johnston, Corcoran.
    All in all excellent team effort,great coaching, way to go boys.
    Will be interesting how team plays without Piironen for the next while,other teams will be missing guys too,looking forward to the next 3 games,vs Saginaw, at Guelph and vs London next Sunday afternoon.
     
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    Welcome back
     
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    Funny how that works huh ;)
    Its there for all to see.

    Calls out other posters based on feedback, or lack of after Ws.
    But yet he is often is slow to post or doesn't post at all after a L or 2. But after a W.......early n lengthy.....

    Interesting, and yet very much expected.
     
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    Thanks
    Death in the family, kept me away
     
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    Classy
     
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    Excuse me? You have called out posters over n over for not posting after Spits Ws but have done the same over the last 4/5 years after Ls but thats Ok?

    Just an observation based on the last 4/5 years of your posts. And you started it calling others out about not posting...... (and in similar situations to which you were aware UNLIKE my post) talk about classy. Not even close HL.

    Every one sees it HL.

    Sorry for the loss in all honesty.

    But your remark to my post says alot about you. Esp how you've gone after others on here KNOWING their situation which i did not know about you ( nor would it make a dif cause you've done it for years)
     
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    Once again i’m not sure what you watched because they didn’t play last night so he had 1 1/2 days to heal up a bit. But to you it must be impossible for someone to get hurt and after a couple of day to rest be totally different. But hey what do i know.
     
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    Sooo... Piiroinen with a shutout before heading to the WJC. That's pretty awesome!!
     
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    Game notes - Nice win, amused every time Joey B the Saginaw announcer commented on how good the Spits defense was. He must not read these boards enough.
    Also need to remember that Saginaw had a number of players out of the line-up last night. I believe 5 regulars. Spits played real well and took advantage of this and did not play down to their opposition which was nice to see.

    Rupoli - I was really impressed with him last night. He was on the PK and maybe not regular shifts but drew some tough assignments and did not look out of place. He is more than worth what they gave up for him. New team and getting to play on D more has brought him to life a bit. Have to give Bowler credit on this one.

    Douglas - what a difference from last year. Totally engaged , still struggles to stay up on his feet but there is no end to his effort to get into the play. Also saw 2 nice hits from him. Needs to do that every game so players will keep looking up when he is on the ice.

    Piiroinen - starting to look confident out there. Maybe not tested that much but he did make some tough screened shots on the pk which shows he is much better with the mechanics of the position. Does not have to report to Finland until Sunday so I'm wondering if he will play Thursday before he leaves? Likely won't see him back until the new year so this will be a good chance for Medina to settle in a bit and show his stuff.

    Flint playing today in North Bay today so Spits will likely end up in 4th place with games in hand on everybody. Close to the holiday break and the Spits are hovering around the top of the conference who would have predicted that? Still not sure about which way to go re- trade deadline so I guess we wait and see what Bowler is up to.
     
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