The Windsor Spitfires closed out the 2019 calendar year with a 5-2 win over the Flint Firebirds Tuesday afternoon at the WFCU Centre. The Spits opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Cole Purboo, Will Cuylle and Curtis Douglas.
Jack Phibbs was left alone in the slot and fired a one-timer past Xavier Medina to get the visitors on the board at the 4:52 mark of the second period. Medina made a couple of clutch saves to hold off the Firebirds before Spits rookie Wyatt Johnston fed a streaking Egor Afanasyev on a two-on-one as Windsor made it 4-1.
Cody Morgan cut the deficit to two early in the third as he scored on Medina from a bad angle. The Firebirds did not show the effects of playing three games in four days as they pressed the Spitfires. Flint could not capitalize on a brief 5-on-3 and failed to find the back of the net with goaltender Anthony Popovich on the bench for the extra attacker.
The win pulls the Spitfires into a first place tie with Saginaw in the OHL's West Division while Flint falls eight points behind.
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