WINDSOR, Ont. - The Windsor Spitfires opened their new $71-million arena with a thud.
Eric Tangradi had a goal and an assist and Mike Murphy made 30 saves en route to picking up his third shutout of the season as the Belleville Bulls blanked the Spitfires 4-0.
The loss spoiled the opener of the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre, while handing the Spitfires their first home-ice defeat in 13 games this season.
The Spitfires were playing without forward Taylor Hall and defenceman Ryan Ellis - ranked first and third in league scoring, respectively - as both players take part in training camp for the national junior team. Without its top two offensive weapons, Windsor looked sluggish from the outset.
It didn't help that the players had to stand in the Zamboni entrance for 45 minutes during pre-game ceremonies to mark the opening of the new facility. The Bulls remained in their dressing room during the festivities, and that seemed to spark the visitors in a showdown between the OHL's top teams.
Shawn Lalonde, Stephen Johnston and Bjorn Krupp, with his first of his OHL career, also scored for the Bulls (22-8-2-2), who were without top defenceman and Montreal Canadiens prospect P.K. Subban (junior camp).
Stephen Gleeson made 20 saves while taking his first loss in goal for the Spitfires (26-4-0-1) this season.
The game drew a crowd of 6,600 - the largest audience to take in an OHL game in Windsor.