The top two teams in the Western Conference added key players before Friday's trade deadline, and although the biggest name in the deals didn't suit up right away, both teams got the results they wanted.
Josh Unice played 54 minutes and 39 seconds of shutout hockey in his first start for Windsor as the Spitfires crushed the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7-1 on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Michael Del Zotto showed London fans that the Knights received more than just John Tavares from Oshawa, chipping in with two assists as the Knights routed the Generals 6-1.
Unice, a former Kitchener Ranger, made 27 saves and was heading for his first shutout of the season until Brock Beukeboom scored on a Greyhounds power play with a little over five minutes remaining.
New arrivals Ben Shutron and Scott Timmins also made an impact, netting a goal and an assist, respectively, for the Spitfires (35-5-0-1), who have won six straight and nine of their last 10.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Kitchener 3, Guelph 2; Ottawa 6, Niagara 2; Erie 6, Owen Sound 5 (SO); Saginaw 4, Sarnia 3 (SO); Mississauga 4, Sudbury 0; and Plymouth 2, Kingston 0.
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Greg Nemisz and Andrei Loktionov both had a goal and two assists, Ryan Ellis had a goal and an assist, while Justin Shugg and Dale Mitchell also scored for Windsor.
Greyhounds (15-24-2-1) netminder Cody St. Jacques stopped 27 shots.
At London, Ont., John Carlson scored twice and Nazem Kadri added four assists for the Knights (31-8-0-1), while Jason Wilson, Leigh Salters, Philip McRae and Justin Taylor also scored.
London acquired Tavares and Del Zotto from Oshawa in a twelve-player deal on Thursday. The star forward won't make his debut for the Knights until Sunday against the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.
Tavares' absence was felt by the Generals (18-17-1-4), who only managed five shots in the first period and eight in the third. Brett Parnham scored the lone goal for Oshawa.
Trevor Cann made 32 saves for the Knights, while Generals netminder Neil Conway stopped 43 shots.
Rangers 3, Storm 2
At Kitchener, Ont., Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist as the Rangers edged Guelph.
Julian Cimadamore and Tyler Randell also scored for Kitchener (17-20-1-1). Chris MacKinnon had two assists.
Tim Priamo had a goal and an assist while Yves Bastien added a goal for the Storm (24-14-2-3), who saw their six-game winning streak come to an end. Nathan Martine assisted on both goals.
67's 6, IceDogs 2
At Ottawa, Thomas Nesbitt had two goals and an assist to help pace the 67's past Niagara.
Ryan Martindale also had two goals for Ottawa (23-14-1-2) while Travis Gibbons and Corey Cowick had a goal each.
Andrew Agozzino and Patrick Lee scored for the IceDogs (15-19-4-4).
Otters 6, Attack 5 (SO)
At Owen Sound, Ont., Greg McKegg scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift Erie over the Attack.
Mike Cazzola, Sean Jones, Shawn Szydlowski, Zack Torquato and Justin Hodgman scored in regulation for the Otters (21-18-2-0).
Josh Moes scored a natural hat trick to put Owen Sound (15-16-5-4) up 5-3 midway through the third period. Steven Shipley and Michael McGurk also scored for the Attack.
Spirit 4, Sting 3 (SO)
At Sarnia, Ont., T.J. Brodie scored in the first round of the shootout as Saginaw outlasted the Sting.
Jack Combs scored twice in regulation for the Spirit (23-14-0-3). Jordan Szwarz had the other Saginaw goal.
Mark Katic had a goal and an assist, while Jamie Arniel and Miroslav Preisinger also scored for Sarnia (19-18-2-3).
Majors 4, Wolves 0
At Sudbury, Ont., Chris Carrozzi stopped all 25 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season as Mississauga stone-walled the Wolves.
Jared Gomes, Kyle Neuber and Casey Cizikas scored for Mississauga (22-15-1-1). Jordan Mayer assisted on Gomes' marker and added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Majors, who have won nine of their last 10.
Andrew Loverock made 38 saves for Sudbury (18-19-1-3).
Whalers 2, Frontenacs 0
At Kingston, Ont., Matt Hackett made 24 saves to outduel Mavric Parks as Plymouth blanked the Frontenacs.
A.J. Jenks and Vern Cooper scored power-play goals in the third period to break a scoreless tie for the Whalers (18-18-4-0).
Parks stopped 33 shots for Kingston (8-28-4-2).