In Windsor, Justin Shugg fired home three goals to pace the Spitfires to a 10-1 win over the Brampton Battalion in the opening game of the Rogers OHL Championship Series.
Andrei Loktionov scored two of the Spitfires’ four goals in the first period. Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique also scored in the first and Lane MacDermid and Eric Wellwood scored in the second period. Shugg scored all three of his goals in the third period while Conor O’Donnell also counted in the third.
“I thought we came out to a slow start and then picked it up at the 10 minute mark,” Shugg said. “The coaches have been on me and I knew that I had to pick up my play.”
Hall, Henrique, Mark Cundari and Scott Timmins all had two assists in the win.
“It seemed like we relaxed a bit after our first goal,” said Spitfires’ coach Bob Boughner. “We capitalized on a lot of our chances. We battled all year to get home ice advantage and it’s always nice to play in front of almost 7,000 fans. Our guys drew energy off of that.”
Josh Day scored Brampton’s only goal, tying the game on a powerplay midway through the first period.
Thomas McCollum allowed six goals on 25 shots before being replaced by Patrick Killeen in the second period. Killeen allowed four goals on 19 shots.
“Obviously it was an embarrassing performance by our hockey team,” said Battalion coach and GM Stan Butler. “We lose 10-1 in the final – there is no excuse for that. From a coaching perspective, we’ve got two days to turn this thing around. I’ve got to give Windsor credit – they played a good game, but we were just terrible.”
Andrew Engelage made 22 saves in the win, including 12 in the first period when the Spitfires were outshot 13-12.
“We talked about how solid he was,” Boughner said. “He looked confident in there and that was great. We needed him early. He was one of the best players on the ice for the first 10 minutes and that gave us a bit of a push.”
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