Our 'Captain Forever', Mickey Renaud, will be honoured in a pre-game ceremony tonight, as the Spitfires kick off a huge home-and-home series with the Plymouth Whalers.
The Spits will wear their commemorative jerseys for the third time this week in honour of the occasion.
'Mickey was more than just our team’s captain. He set the bar on how to carry yourself on and off the ice, how to lead verbally as well as by example, and how important it was to bring your best game every single night,' said captain Ryan Ellis.
On a night when such a competitor is honoured, it's fitting that the scenario couldn't be bigger on the ice. The Spitfires hold just a one-point advantage over the Whalers for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Windsor (30-19-2-3) has lost four of five games to Plymouth (30-20-1-3) this season.
Goalie Scott Wedgewood has been a big reason why. He's a perfect 4-0 against the Spits, allowing just 10 goals.
Winger Zack Kassian, who now has goals in three straight games, says there's a couple keys to solving Wedgewood.
"We need traffic," Kassian told windsorspitfires.com. "He has been playing great. We need to focus on getting pucks to the net and have bodies arrive at the same time to beat him."
Assistant Coach David Matsos says he's looking to his key guys this weekend.
"It's the older guys that need to take the bull by the horns and let it be known that we're going to win these games against Plymouth," Matsos said before Thursday's practice.
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