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Henrique's five points lead Windsor to ninth straight win, 9-4 over Plymouth

Sunday, 10.26.2008 / 9:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Adam Henrique isn't one of the two Ontario Hockey League leading scorers on the Windsor Spitfires, but if he plays more games like he did on Sunday, that might soon change.

Henrique had a five-point game, scoring three goals as Windsor won 9-4 to sweep the Plymouth Whalers in a weekend home-and-home series. The Spitfires won 1-0 in Plymouth on Saturday.

"After the close game in Plymouth last night, we wanted to come out with all guns blazing today," said Henrique. "I think we came out of the gate quickly today and no one took a shift off.

"It was a total team effort and we have to keep things going this way."

Austin Watson, Dale Mitchell, Andrei Loktionov, Rob Kwiet, Mark Cundari and Taylor Hall also scored for the Spitfires (15-1-0-0), who extended their winning streak to nine games.

Hall, the rookie of the year in both the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League last season, also had an assist. He leads the OHL in scoring this season with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 15 games. Defenceman Ryan Ellis, who had three assists against the Whalers, currently sits tied for second in league scoring with John Tavares. Ellis has 8 goals and 18 assists.

Watson, the Spitfires' second-round pick last summer, added three assists for a four-point afternoon.

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Mississauga 2, Ottawa 0; Guelph 4, Saginaw 1; Sarnia 4, Kingston 2; and Oshawa 4, Barrie 3.

At Windsor, Ont., Chris Terry led Plymouth (5-7-1-0) with two goals, while Tyler J. Brown netted the other marker for the visitors.

Spitfires netminder Andrew Engelage made 27 saves while picking up his league-leading 13th win of the season.

Windsor fired 55 shots at beleaguered Plymouth goaltenders Jeremy Smith and Matt Hackett. Hackett replaced Smith after 40 minutes with the score 6-1.

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St. Michael's Majors 2, 67's 0

At Mississauga, Ont., forward Casey Cizikas scored both goals and goaltender Chris Carrozzi made 26 saves to register his first shutout of the season as the Majors blanked Ottawa.

Cizikas scored an even-strength goal in the first period and a power-play marker in the third, his second two-goal performance of the weekend for the St. Michael's Majors (7-5-0-0).

Adam Courchaine stopped 21 shots for the 67's (8-7-0-0).

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Storm 4, Spirit 1

At Guelph, Ont., Anthony Nigro scored a pair as the Storm defeated Saginaw.

Peter Holland had a three-point game, with one goal and two assists, while Corey Syvret rounded out the scoring for Guelph (10-5-0-1).

Chris Chappell scored the lone goal for the Spirit (8-5-0-0).

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Sting 4, Frontenacs 2

At Kingston, Ont., Justin DiBenedetto scored two first-period goals as Sarnia beat the Frontenacs.

DiBenedetto's first marker came less than two minutes into the game and he added another in the ninth minute of the first for the Sting (6-7-1-1). Chris Beauchamp and Steve Reese also scored for Sarnia.

George Lovatsis and Ethan Werek replied for Kingston (4-8-2-0).

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Generals 4, Colts 3

At Oshawa, Ont., Taylor Carnevale broke a 3-3 tie with a power-play goal late in the third period as the Generals edged Barrie.

Tyler Taylor had three points with a goal and two assists, while Jeff Brown and Calvin de Haan added singles for Oshawa (7-7-1-0). John Tavares had two helpers to bring his season point total to 26, two behind OHL-leading Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires.

Stefan Della Rovere, Ryan Gottschalk and Andrew Eastman answered for the Colts (6-7-1-0).

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