Dale Mitchell scored three goals and added an assist and Andrew Engelage made 26 saves as the Windsor Spitfires hammered the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6-1 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.
The win was Engelage's league-leading 44th of the season, and pushed him to within one of tying the single season record currently held by former London Knight Steve Mason, now a member of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.
Greyhounds goaltender Cody St. Jacques made 47 saves, and if not for his heroics the Spitfires might have scored in double figures.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was: London 7 Kitchener 1; Sarnia 4 Guelph 3; Ottawa 6 Peterborough 3; Oshawa 6 Barrie 2; and Brampton 5 Niagara 2.
At Windsor, Ont., the Spitfires jumped out to a 3-1 lead on Mitchell's pair of goals and a marker by Mark Cundari. Dylan King replied for the Greyhounds in the opening period.
Scott Timmins scored in the second period, while Greg Nemisz scored his 35th of the season and Mitchell completed his hat-trick with his 31st goal of the season in the third period to round out the scoring.
Centre and Los Angeles Kings prospect Andrei Loktionov assisted on Mitchell's third goal of the game to extend his point-scoring streak to 12 games. Star defenceman Ryan Ellis chipped in with a pair of assists for the Spitfires.
The victory extended Windsor's home winning streak to 16 games and gave the league-leading Spitfires (55-7-0-1)a sweep of their six-game regular-season series against Sault Ste. Marie (19-41-2-2).
Knights 7 Rangers 1
At London, Ont., league-leading scorer John Tavares had two goals and an assist as the Knights eliminated Kitchener form the OHL playoff race.
John Carlson had a goal and two assists for London (45-16-1-2), while Nazem Kadri, Leigh Salters, Matt Clarke and Daniel Erlich also scored. Michael Del Zotto added three assists.
Julian Cimadamore had the only goal for Kitchener (24-34-3-2).
Sting 4 Storm 3
At Sarnia, Ont., Gregg Sutch scored the winning goal in the third period as the Sting defeated Guelph.
Matt Martin, Jamie Arniel and Michael Neal also scored for the Sting (32-25-3-3).
Matt Kennedy, Tyler Carroll and Tyler Melancon replied for Guelph (32-24-4-3).
67's 6 Petes 3
At Peterborough, Ont., Logan Couture scored a pair of goals to lead Ottawa over the Petes.
Cody Lindsay and Tyler Toffoli had a goal and assist each for the 67's (35-21-5-2) while Thomas Kiriakou chipped in three assists. Jon Carnevale and Thomas Nesbitt also scored.
Brett Theberge, Tony Romano and Liam Heelis scored for the Petes (25-35-1-2) who fell three points behind the Oshawa Generals and Sudbury Wolves for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
Generals 6 Colts 2
At Barrie, Ont., Brett Parnham had three goals and two assists as Oshawa downed the Colts.
Jeff Brown, Jeff Hayes and Andy Andreoff also scored for Oshawa (25-32-2-4).
Kyle Clifford and Josh Brittain replied for Barrie (29-30-3-1).
Battalion 5 IceDogs 2
At St. Catharines, Ont., Cody Hodgson scored three goals as Brampton beat Niagara and moved into a tie with Belleville for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Thomas Stajan and Evgeny Grachev added a goal and an assist each for the Battalion (43-18-1-1).
Patrick Lee and Andrew Agozzino replied for the IceDogs (26-28-4-6).