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11-29-2012, 08:25 PM
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Vail picked up a goal and an assist. He looked fantastic tonight. The Spitfires fell just short of erasing a 3-2 deficit again Barrie. they controlled the third period, with a large part of that due to Vail's play.

He was fantastic all night long. Made solid plays and was great along the boards. However, he shone in the third period. His goal was beauty. With under 9 minutes, down 3-0, on the PK, he came into the zone and hit Ekblad along the boards knocking him over, and then got the puck back and deked out the goalie in all alone. He slid it five-hole. Vail's assist came from a hard hit along the boards, then proceeded to win the ensuing board battle, and dug the puck out to Rychel who passed to Bateman hammered it top shelf.

Vail was physical along the boards and wreaked havoc in front of the net. Great game from him after a rough stretch. Hopefully he keeps up the strong play.

I've mentioned in the past of how he's a big game player. There were multiple games earlier in the season where he either scored, or assisted on the game-winning or game-tying goal. He steps up late in games whether they are winning or losing. If Windsor need a goal, or need to protect a lead, he's the player they put out there. Great quality to have.

On a side note, Kerby Rychel had a good night too. He crushed someone with a nice open ice hit and then fought Corson. He's starting to play with passion, I haven't seen him play like this in a while.

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