Windsor verging on Memorial Cup return
The Spitfires won their third game in a row against the Barrie Colts on Sunday by a score of 5-2.
The Spits lead the Ontario Hockey League final series 3-0.
Adam Henrique scored three goals for the Spits, but coach Bob Boughner says goalie Philipp Grubauer made the difference for his team, making 42 saves in the game.
"He looks like a confident goalie right now. He's seeing the puck, and he's focused," said Boughner.
It's not easy to dominate a team like this, but in saying that, I'm looking forward to turning it up a notch as a team.
"We all know we're close to where we need to get for that goal, and everybody's just digging in. I can't think of a guy that's dug in more over the last couple weeks and brought his game to the top."
Goalie run over
With the Colts seemingly frustrated by Grubauer's heroics, the game got out of hand in the closing moments.
Archibald's infraction carries a mandatory suspension that will keep him out of Game 4.
Justin Shugg and Scott Timmins each scored once for the Spits, while Zac Rinaldo and Stefan Della Rovere registered the Colts' two goals.
The Spitfires have won six straight games since making a historic comeback to beat the Kitchener Rangers, after sitting three games back in the league's Western Conference final.
Boughner said the Spits put in a solid performance Sunday, but he believes they are capable of playing even better.
"It's not easy to dominate a team like this, but in saying that, I'm looking forward to turning it up a notch as a team," said Boughner.
"We're getting great performances from a lot of different areas, but I haven't seen our whole team dominate and everybody at the top of their game yet."
The Spitfires and the Colts meet again Tuesday night in Windsor, both vying for a chance to compete for the Memorial Cup May 14-23 in Brandon, Man.