WINDSOR, Ont. - Alexander Khokhlachev had a goal and an assist and Jack Campbell made 28 saves as the Windsor Spitfires blanked the Sarnia Sting 2-0 in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday.
Kerby Rychel scored the other goal for Windsor (1-2-0) in the team's first win of the season.
Both Khokhlachev, the second-round draft choice of the Boston Bruins this past summer, and Campbell, the first-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2010, were making their season debuts with the Spitfires.
Both teams were missing key offensive weapons. The Spitfires were without Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tom Kuhnhackl, the team's leading scorer last season, who was awaiting results of an MRI on a right anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in second game of the season.
The Sting (1-1-0) were missing Alexander Galchenyuk, who is still out with a strained medial collateral ligament sustained during an exhibition game. The first overall pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection, Galchenyuk has been widely regarded as a potential first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Sarnia's Nail Yakupov, regarded as the top prospect for the next NHL draft, was double shifted throughout the game and couldn't solve Campbell.
Special teams went a long way in deciding the outcome of the game. The Spitfires cashed in on two of their four power-play chances while the Sting could not capitalize on any of their four opportunities with the extra man.
Campbell was outstanding all afternoon en route to his first-career regular-season shutout in Windsor. Brandon Maxwell made 25 saves at the other end of the ice.