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Bailey scores twice, adds assist as Spitfires beat Whalers 5-3

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Josh Bailey scored twice and added an assist and Jakub Kovar made 28 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Plymouth Whalers 5-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Tuesday.

Rookie Taylor Hall continued his hot offensive streak with a goal and an assist.

The 16-year-old Hall scored seven goals and added five assists with a plus-7 plus-rating in three games last week, en route to winning his second straight OHL player of the week award.

Hall was also named Canadian Hockey League player of the week for the period ending March 9.

Hall's 42nd goals is the most by a rookie in franchise history. The previous standard was set by 19-year-old Charlie Skjodt during Windsor's first season in the then-Ontario Major Junior "A" Hockey League in 1975-76.

The Spitfires carried a precarious 4-3 lead into the final period and were able to hold the Whalers at bay the rest of the game.

Greg Nemisz and Ryan Ellis also scored for the Spitfires (38-15-7-5).

Kaine Geldart, Vern Cooper and Andrew Fournier had Plymouth's goals.

Chris Terry's assist on Geldart's goal was the 100th point this season for the Whalers' centre.

Former Spitfire Matt Hackett, who was traded to the Whalers in a blockbuster deal earlier this season, faced 39 shots in taking the loss in goal for Plymouth (34-26-2-3).

The win was the Spitfires' fifth in their eight-game regular season series with their cross-border rivals.

The victory pulled Windsor to within two points of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for top spot in the OHL's West Division and the number two seeding in the league's Western Conference.

The loss left the Whalers tied for fifth place in the OHL's West Division.

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