WINDSOR, Ont. - Andrew Engelage made 24 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Guelph Storm 2-1 Thursday night in the last Ontario Hockey League game to be played at the Windsor Arena.
Dale Mitchell scored for the Spitfires when he converted a rebound off the stick of teammate Adam Henrique just a minute after Guelph team captain Matt Kennedy opened the scoring. Conor O'Donnell then gave the Spitfires the lead for good after being sent in alone on a breakaway.
The win was the Engelage's league-leading 22nd of the season.
A pre-game ceremony featured a video of Spitfires highlights from their time at the venerable Arena, which was built in 1924 and will remain open as a community rink.
The win gave the Spitfires a 12-0 record in their final half-season at the arena.
Thomas McCollum, the first-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings last summer, was at his acrobatic best, making 35 saves in defeat for the Storm.
The sellout crowd cheered wildly as the game concluded and remained in the stands as the team took down the banners from the Windsor Arena rafters.
The loudest cheers were reserved for Mark and Jane Renaud, who were given the banner dedicated to their son - former Spitfire team captain Mickey Renaud, who died suddenly last February.
The Spitfires will move into the $62.9-million Windsor Family Credit Union Centre on Thursday.