John Tavares might be one of the top prospects for next year's National Hockey League draft, but he's no longer the leading scorer in the Ontario Hockey League.
That title belongs, at least momentarily, to someone even younger than he is. Taylor Hall scored twice and added three assists to take sole possession of the OHL scoring lead as the Windsor Spitfires beat the Guelph Storm 5-3 Thursday night.
Hall, who doesn't turn 17 until Nov. 14, had the first and last goals of the game, and also set up Greg Nemisz's game winner 4:11 into the third period as the streaking Spitfires (13-1-0-0) won their seventh game in a row. Windsor, the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, has scored an OHL-high 62 goals this season while surrendering just 35.
Thursday's performance gives Hall 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) on the season, one more than Tavares, the Oshawa Generals phenom expected to be one of the top three picks at next June's NHL draft. Hall's teammate, 17-year-old defenceman Ryan Ellis, had an assist to move into a tie with Tavares for second.
Elsewhere in the Ontario Hockey League on Thursday, it was: Peterborough 4 Sarnia 3; and Erie 5 Niagara 1.
At Windsor, Ont., Nemisz and Adam Henrique each had a goal and two assists while Jesse Blacker added a single for the Spitfires.
Taylor Beck, Luke Pither and Cody McNaughton replied for the Storm (8-5-0-1).
Andrew Engelage had 26 saves to earn the win for Windsor.
Thomas McCollum stopped 36 shots in a losing cause for Guelph.
Petes 4 Sting 3
At Peterborough, Ont., Tony Romano's goal 4:12 into overtime lifted the Petes over Sarnia.
Zack Kassian, Zach Harnden and Ryan Spooner also scored for Peterborough (5-9-0-1).
Mark Katic, Chris Beauchamp and Jamie Arniel replied for the Sting (5-6-1-1).
Otters 5 IceDogs 1
At St. Catharines, Ont., Nick Palmeiri scored twice in Erie's victory over the IceDogs.
Mike Cazzola, Shawn Szydlowski and Justin Hodgman had singles for the Otters (5-7-1-0).
Mathew Sisca had the only goal for Niagara (3-7-1-3).