ERIE, Pa. - Rookie Taylor Hall's first four-goal game in the OHL led the Windsor Spitfires to an 8-3 rout of the reeling Erie Otters on Saturday.
The Spitfires (8-1-0-1) scored seven of the game's final eight goals after the Otters (3-6-0-0) built a 2-0 second-period lead.
Hall, the No. 2 pick in the 2007 OHL priority draft, began Windsor's rally 10:25 into the period with the first of his two goals.
His second goal broke a 2-2 tie at with 4:56 left in the second. He completed the hat trick with 9:54 left in the third - halting the Otters' comeback attempt - and added his fourth with seven minutes left.
Hall, who also had an assist, fell one goal short of tying the single-game goals record against the Otters, set last season by teammate Joshua Bailey, while he played for Owen Sound. Hall has scored six of his eight goals this season against the Otters - he had two goals in the season opener.
Greg Nemisz's goal less than two minutes later capped the offensive outburst. Meanwhile, the Otters failed to capitalise on several scoring chances.
Centre Zack Torquato's goal 1:30 into the final period moved the Otters within 4-3, and the team looked energized.
But Hall's final two goals and defenceman Elgin Reid's score followed for a 7-3 Spitfires' lead. Rookie goaltender Shane Owen allowed all four goals on 18 shots in the third. Bradley Snetsinger had three assists for the Spitfires, while Reid and Mickey Renaud had two points apiece. Justin Hodgman and Torquato had two points apiece.
Two nights after allowing seven goals on 40 shots in Peterborough, Otters rookie goaltender Jaroslav Janus silenced one of the league's top offences for nearly 30 minutes. He stopped Windsor's opening 26 shots, including 19 in the opening period.
The Otters used disciplined play to build a 2-0 lead. Defenceman Josh Kidd scored on a wrist shot from the blue line 5:30 into the first period. Rookie winger Ryan O'Reilly scored 23 seconds into the second period to make it a two-goal advantage.
As in a 10-3 season-opening loss in Windsor on Sept. 21, the Otters' lead vanished quickly.
Windsor scored eight unanswered goals in that opening meeting. On Saturday, the Spitfires scored four straight goals in a 6????-minute span of the second to turn the two-goal deficit into a 4-2 lead.