WINDSOR, Ont. - Dale Mitchell scored the shootout winner as the Windsor Spitfires extended their win streak to 12 games with a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa 67's in OHL action Thursday.
In a pre-game ceremony, the Spitfires honoured outgoing 67's head coach Brian Kilrea, the winningest coach in CHL history who is retiring at the end of the season.
The 74-year-old Kilrea will remain on as 67's GM next season.
Spitfires GM Warren Rychel, who captained the 67's during the 1986-87 season under Kilrea, presented the legendary coach with a plaque and a Spitfires jersey as the soldout Windsor Arena crowd rose in a standing ovation.
The Spitfires (18-1-0-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Conor O'Donnell, Taylor Hall and Andrew Yogan.
O'Donnell opened the scoring just eight seconds into the game.
Peter Schienkelshoek scored his first goal of the season in the second period and Stephen Blunden added another to cut Windsor's lead to 3-3.
Jon Carnevale and Corey Cowick scored for the 67's (10-8-0-1) and Hall notched his second goal of the game to send the contest into extra time.
Windsor's Andrew Engelage made 23 saves while Ottawa's Chris Perugini was sensational in stopping 49 shots at the other end.