In a star-studded battle between the top two teams in the Ontario Hockey League, it was the supporting cast who took centre stage.
Andrei Loktionov scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the London Knights 4-3 on Friday night.
Loktionov, a fifth-round pick by the Los Angeles Kings in 2008, has 40 points through 37 games in his debut OHL season. The Russian import is eighth in scoring on the Spitfires.
Knights star and OHL leading scorer John Tavares left the game in the first period after being hit behind the net by Taylor Hall, who is second to Tavares in league scoring. The hit aggravated Tavares' shoulder and he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, but TSN reports that X-rays came back negative and there was no significant damage.
Both Tavares and Hall failed to record a point in Friday's game.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Barrie 5, Sudbury 2; Belleville 5, Saginaw 1; Brampton 5, Ottawa 2; Erie 4, Sault Ste. Marie 3 (SO); Guelph 3, Kitchener 2 (SO); Mississauga 4, Peterborough 2; Oshawa 4, Kingston 3; Plymouth 5, Owen Sound 3; and Sarnia 1, Niagara 0.
At London, Ont., Ryan Ellis assisted on both of Loktionov's goals, while Ben Shutron and Mark Cundari also scored for Windsor (46-6-0-1), which has won nine of its past 10 and holds a 17-point lead on London.
Philip McRae, Nazem Kadri and Daniel Erlich replied for the Knights (37-13-0-2).
Andrew Engelage made 20 saves for the Spitfires. London netminder Trevor Cann stopped 28 shots.
Colts 5, Wolves 2
At Sudbury, Ont., Michael Sgarbossa and Daniel Michalsky each had a goal and two assists to lead Barrie over the Wolves.
Ryan O'Connor, Kyle Clifford and Josh Brittain added singles for the Colts (22-26-3-1).
Matt Dias and John McFarland countered for Sudbury (21-25-2-4).
Bulls 5, Spirit 1
At Saginaw, Mich., Mike Murphy stopped 34 of 35 shots and Luke Pither scored twice as Belleville defeated the Spirit.
Brandon Mashinter and Marc Cantin each had a goal and an assist for the Bulls (35-14-2-2), who won for the ninth time in 11 games and increased their East Division lead to 11 points. P. K. Subban added two assist in the win and Kody Alcock rounded out the scoring for Belleville.
Joe Pleckaitis scored the lone goal for Saginaw (29-18-0-3), who saw their three game winning streak come to an end.
Battalion 5, 67's 2
At Ottawa, Brampton scored four times in the second period to topple the 67's.
Matt Kang, Evgeny Grachev, Stephon Thorne and Jason Dale all scored in the second for the Battalion (36-14-1-1) while Matt Duchene gave them a 5-1 lead in the third. The win was Brampton's 12th in a row.
Thomas Nesbitt had both goals for Ottawa (29-17-3-2) which was outshot 48-33.
Otters 4, Greyhounds 3 (SO)
At Erie, Pa., Ryan O'Reilly scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Otters outlasted Sault Ste. Marie.
Shawn Szydlowski, Tyler Hostetter and Brian Shaw scored in regulation for Erie (27-23-2-0), winners of four straight.
Matthew Lyall, Jake Carrick and Brock Beukeboom replied for the Greyhounds (16-33-2-2), who lost for the 10th straight time.
Storm 3, Rangers 2 (SO)
At Kitchener, Ont., Denis Hollenstein and Brandon Buck scored in the shootout to help Guelph edge the Rangers.
Michael Latta had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Storm (28-18-2-3). Nathan Martine also scored.
Jeff Skinner had both goals for Kitchener (21-27-1-2).
Majors 4, Petes 2
At Mississauga, Ont., Jared Gomes set up all four goals to power the St. Michael's Majors past Peterborough.
The 20-year-old Gomes assisted on goals by Jordan Mayer, Casey Cizikas, Corey Bureau and defenceman Cameron Gaunce as the Majors improved their season record to 27-22-1-2. Gaunce also had two assists in the game.
Tony Romano and Liam Heelis scored for the Petes (21-31-0-2).
Generals 4, Frontenacs 3
At Kingston, Ont., Brett Parnham scored the winner and added an assist as Oshawa edged the Frontenacs.
Jeff Brown also had a goal and an assist for the Generals (22-24-1-4), while Robert Kousal and Kory Nagy also scored. Calvin de Haan added three assists.
Ethan Werek scored twice and added an assist for Kingston (10-32-6-3). Kelly Geoffrey added a goal.
Whalers 5, Attack 3
At Plymouth, Mich., Tyler G. Brown and Chris Terry scored goals 55 seconds apart late in the second period to break a deadlock as the Whalers beat Owen Sound.
Tyler Seguin, Jamie Devane and Beau Schmitz also scored for Plymouth (25-22-5-0).
Steven Shipley, Marcus Carroll and Paul Bezzo replied for the Attack (20-20-6-6).
Sting 1, IceDogs 0
At Sarnia, Ont., Dan Spence made 33 saves to record his second shutout of the season to lead the Sting over Niagara.
Matt Martin scored the only goal of the game in the second period for Sarnia (25-21-2-3).
IceDogs (22-22-4-5) netminder Jeremy Smith stopped 27 shots.