Michael Nishi is making the best of his opportunity to be the Ottawa 67's starter.
Nishi picked up his first Ontario Hockey League shutout on Friday as the 67's defeated the Peterborough Petes 2-0.
"This is great," said Nishi about the shutout, "but it's even better seeing our guys execute our game plan and win."
Ottawa's No. 1 goalie Petr Mrazek is representing the Czech Republic at the IIHF world junior hockey championship.
Petes (16-14-6) goalie Mike Morrison stopped 42 of 43 shots, picking up the games first star in a losing effort.
Neither team could score on the power play as Ottawa went 0-for-5 and Peterborough 0-for-3.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Plymouth 7, Saginaw 3; Oshawa 5, Kingston 2; Kitchener 4, Owen Sound 1; London 7, Sarnia 3; Niagara 6, Mississauaga 5 (SO)and Sudbury 4, Belleville 3 (OT).
At Ottawa, the 67's had three power-play opportunties in the first period but failed to put a shot past Morrison.
The second period was much of the same as Morrison stopped everything he faced.
After 40 minutes of play the shots were 35-15 Ottawa, yet the game was still scoreless.
Finally, with less than seven minutes to play in the third period, Prince circled out from behind the net and beat Morrison with a wrist shot to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead.
At 19:07 Smith scored into an empty net to secure a victory for the 67's.
Whalers 7 Spirit 3
At Plymouth, Mich., Stefan Noesen scored three goals and assisted on one more as the Whalers (24-9-3) crushed Saginaw (15-19-2).
Generals 5 Frontenacs 2
At Kingston, Ont., Kyle Hope and Lucas Lessio scored two goals each as Oshawa (15-18-4) downed the Frontenacs (9-23-4).
Rangers 4 Attack 1
At Kitchener, Ont., Zach Lorentz scored two goals and Franky Palazzese stopped 36 shots as the Rangers (24-10-1) defeated Owen Sound (18-16-4).
Knights 7 Sting 3
At London, Ont., Seth Griffith scored three times and set up one more as the Knights (26-8-1) handed Sarnia (19-13-5) their fourth straight loss.
IceDogs 6 Majors 5 (SO)
At Mississauga, Ont., Andrew Agozzino scored the shoot-out winner and also added a goal and an assist in regulation to lead Niagara (21-12-3) over the Majors (17-14-5).
Wolves 4 Bulls 3 (OT)
At Sudbury, Ont., Andrey Kuchin scored with 33.6 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Wolves (19-12-2) over Belleville (21-13-1).