This week in sports
The Detroit Red Wings took on the first place Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington on Thursday night. The two teams fought hard in the first period keeping the score tied 2-2 going into the second period. The Capitals finished with the lead scoring once in the second and three more times in the third. The Capitals’ defence and goaltending was able to keep a grasp on their lead, only letting two goals against in the third, leaving the score 6-3. This win brings the Capitals one game closer to clinching the first place playoff seed.
The Toronto Maples Leafs hosted the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. Right out of the gates the Blues took a 1-0 lead in the first and held on until the Leafs were able to catch up and answer in the second period with one of their own. The third period was a draw where neither team was able to breakout and score, sending the game to overtime. The Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko stepped up to the plate scoring in overtime to end the game 2-1. The St. Louis Blues currently sit at third in the Central Division while the Toronto Maple Leafs sit in the third seat in the Atlantic division.
The New England Patriots faced off against the Atlanta Falcons for Superbowl LI this past Sunday. The Patriots and Falcons made the trip down to the NRG Stadium in Houston, for what would be a Superbowl for the history books. The Falcons came out like fireworks in the first quarter with a 21-3 lead. Their fire burned into the third quarter, as they added another touchdown to their mountain of a lead. Tom Brady and the Patriots refused to give up and found their stride in the fourth quarter, chopping the lead down scoring 19 points and holding Atlanta to zero. This brought the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots to the first overtime in Superbowl history tied 28-28. The Patriots won the coin toss to take possession of the ball in overtime and in one rush for the end-zone they took Superbowl LI with a fury. Tom Brady ended the night completing 43 out of 62 passes for 466 passing yards to claim his fifth Superbowl win, putting him ahead of legendary San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana for Superbowl wins as a quarterback.
The Oshawa Generals were in town to play the Windsor Spitfires at the WFCU Centre on Feb. 9. The Windsor Spitfires were able to put on a show for their fans. Oshawa tallied the first goal to the scoreboard, but the Spitfires kept the red light on scoring four goals in the first period and adding three more in the second. The game ended with a 7-1 victory for the Spitfires.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Windsor Spitfires will be remembering the late Mickey Renaud as they host the Guelph Storm at the WFCU.
The Junior C playoffs have started this week and the Essex 73’s faceoff against the Mooretown Flags in the South Division. So far the 73’s have seized a 3-0 lead in the series, with goaltender Tyler Ryan earning two straight shutout wins. The Essex and Mooretown will be playing again on Friday Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
The Amherstburg Intergrity Admirals set to face the Wheatley Omstead Sharks in the first round. Amherstburg has taken the series 3-1 at this point. The two teams are scheduled to face-off again on Sunday Feb. 12 and Wheatley has to come out with at win to stay alive.