WINDSOR, Ont. - Greg Nemisz scored three goals and Josh Unice made 21 saves as the Windsor Spitfires hammered the Erie Otters 8-2 and clinched the Ontario Hockey League regular-season title Thursday.
The win, coupled with the London Knights' 5-1 loss to the Brampton Battalion, clinched the Spitfires' first OHL regular-season championship since the 1987-88 season.
With Calgary Flames' president and general manager Darryl Sutter looking on, the game was preceded by a sombre moment as a video montage and moment of silence marked the first year anniversary of the death of former Spitfires captain Mickey Renaud.
A Flames' prospect, Renaud collapsed at home and died as a result of a heart condition.
In addition to the hat trick from Nemisz, a first round pick of the Flames last summer, the Spitfires (51-6-0-1) had goals from Andrei Loktionov, Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Eric Wellwood and Austin Watson.
Loktionov and Ryan Ellis both chipped in with a pair of assists.
Tyler Hostetter and Anthony Luciani replied for the Otters (29-25-2-1) while Shane Owen made 45 saves in a losing effort.
The victory extended the Spitfires' winning streak to nine games and gave the team 103 points, a new franchise record.