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Jaroslav Pavelka stops 26 as Windsor Spitfires edge Erie Otters 2-1

Thursday, 10.18.2012 / 9:54 PM / News

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Jaroslav Pavelka stops 26 as Windsor Spitfires edge Erie Otters 2-1

WINDSOR, Ont. - Jaroslav Pavelka made 26 saves to lead the Windsor Spitfires past the Erie Otters 2-1 Thursday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Kerby Rychel and Derek Schoenmakers both scored for the Spitfires (5-3-3) on a five-minute power play that carried over from the second period into the third.

Rychel opened the scoring with just 5.9 seconds left in the second period when he rifled home a wrist shot past the outstretched glove hand of Oscar Dansk in the Otters net.

Erie (2-6-2) was killing off a five-minute fighting major to defenceman Adam Pelech at the time. Pelech received two minutes for instigating, the fighting major, and ten minutes in game misconducts for jumping Windsor defenceman Patrick Seiloff after a bone-crunching hit on Erie rookie Hayden Hodgson.

Seiloff, the second round pick of the Calgary Flames, was not penalized for his hit and assisted on Rychel's goal.

Schoenmakers scored 42 seconds into the third to give the Spitfires to a 2-0 lead before Connor McDavid, the first-pick overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection draft, scored his fifth goal of the season for the Otters.

Dansk, named the first star of the game, was stellar in making 45 saves for Erie.

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