WINDSOR, Ont. - Matthew Bragg scored the winner on a powerplay with eight minutes left in the game and Andrew Engelage stopped 26 shots as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Kitchener Rangers 3-2.
The contest was the final game of the 2007-2008 Ontario Hockey League regular season for both teams and capped off what was one of the most extraordinary seasons in the 33-season history of the Windsor franchise.
The Spitfires finished with 94 points, an improvement of 51 points over last season, when the club finished with the second-worst record in the OHL. The team finished in the league's top four this time around though.
The 1987-88 OHL Champion Windsor Compuware Spitfires, the only team in franchise history to win the OHL title, was honoured before the game.
Current Rangers' head coach and general manager Peter Deboer was a key member of that Spits squad.
After the Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Nazem Kadri and Mikkel Boedker, Rob Kwiet and Eric Wellwood scored for the Spitfires to tie up the game after 40 minutes.
Josh Unice faced 36 shots while taking the loss in for the Rangers.
The win was the Spits' first in four games against the Rangers. The upstart squad from Windsor previously lost in a shootout and in overtime against the team that has been ranked at or near the top of the Canadian Hockey League ratings for most of the season.
The Spitfires, who also finished with the second-best record in team history, open up the play-offs at home on Thursday night against the Sarnia Sting.