WINDSOR, Ont. - Alexander Burmistrov scored the short-handed winner and Peter Di Salvo made 35 saves as the Barrie Colts defeated the Windsor Spitfires 4-2 Thursday night in Ontario Hockey League action.
Burmistrov scored his 15th goal of the season with just under six minutes left in the game to snap a 2-2 tie with the Colts killing a major penalty to captain Stefan Della Rovere for a hit to the head on Windsor's Craig Duininck.
Spitfires coach Bob Boughner wasn't happy with his team's effort.
"We gave up the lead twice in the game and we lost the special teams," he said. "Am I disappointed and surprised with our effort? Yes.
"We didn't deserve to win tonight."
The much-anticipated game between the Spitfires, the No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, and the Colts, who are ranked third, had the intensity and atmosphere of a deciding playoff game right from the opening face-off.
The game also marked the debut of both team's prized trade-deadline acquisitions. Zack Kassian, the first round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2009 who was acquired from the Peterborough Petes, skated on Windsor's top line alongside Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall. Alex Pietrangelo, the fourth overall pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2008 who was picked up from the Niagara IceDogs, was paired with Nick Crawford and played on the Colts' top power-play and penalty-killing units all night. Pietrangelo finished with one assist.
Kassian opened the scoring just 96 seconds into the game for the Spitfires when he deflected a Taylor Hall shot just outside the Colts' crease.
Kassian's night came to an end at 6:45 of the second period when he was assessed a major penalty for charging after delivering an open ice hit on Barrie's Matt Kennedy.
Kennedy did not return to the game.
All major penalties other than fighting infractions are automatically reviewed by OHL Commissioner Dave Branch and vice-president Ted Baker for possible suspension. Della Rovere's penalty, which was assessed in addition to a game misconduct, will also come under review.
Dalton Prout and Kyle Clifford also scored for the Colts (34-6-1). Luke Pither added an empty-netter for his 25th goal of the season.
Greg Nemisz scored the other goal for Windsor (34-6-4). Troy Passingham made 27 saves in a losing effort for the Spitfires.
The teams play their second and final match of the regular season next month in Barrie.