OTTAWA - Greg Nemisz scored his second goal of the game with two minutes remaining in regulation time Friday night to lift the Windsor Spitfires to a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa 67's in Ontario Hockey League action.
Nemisz had a goal earlier in the third period that put the Spitfires (10-1-0-0) ahead 3-1, but the 67's (5-6-0-0) rallied with goals from Julien Demers and Thomas Nesbitt just 53 seconds apart to tie the score.
With time winding down, however, Taylor Hall spotted Nemisz in the slot with a pass and his quick shot slipped past 67's goaltender Adam Courchaine. The win gave Windsor its fourth straight and took the Canadian Hockey League's top-ranked team off the hook from a potential upset against a young Ottawa squad.
"They're obviously a very talented team. They've got guys out there that can really put the puck in the net and really control the play," Demers said. "A couple of bounces at the end of the game obviously didn't go our way. But the boys really worked hard, came out and stepped up to play what they call the best team in Canada."
Dale Mitchell, scored into an empty net and added an assist for the Spitfires along with Ryan Ellis. Austin Windsor had Windsor's other marker and Andrew Engelage stopped 27 shots.
Rookie Tyler Toffoli had the other goal for Ottawa, which has lost back-to-back games and three of its past four. Courchaine finished with 34 saves.
The 67's thought they'd tied the game with 1:45 to play after a scramble in front of Engelage, but a video review ruled the puck didn't cross the goal line before it was smothered by the goaltender.