WINDSOR, Ont. - Greg Nemisz and Taylor Hall both scored twice and newcomer Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Saginaw Spirit 8-5 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.
The game started off slowly for the Spitfires, who had five players who competed at the 2010 world junior hockey championships back in their lineup, as well as three new faces from a recent trade.
The Spirit jumped out to a 4-2 lead after 20 minutes on goals by Ryan O'Connor, Josh Shalla, Michael Sgarbossa and Garrett Ross despite being outshot 20-10.
Windsor (32-5-4) found its legs and roared back with three goals in the second and third periods while limiting Saginaw to just one more goal - Shalla's second of the game and 23rd of the year.
Kenny Ryan, Harry Young, Eric Wellwood and Adam Henrique had Windsor's other goals.
Edward Pasquale made 44 stops in a losing effort for the Spirit (19-16-4).
The win was the Spitfires second in less than a week against the Spirit and their third in four games this season.
Grubauer was acquired in a blockbuster seven-player trade with the Belleville Bulls on Tuesday that also saw Marc Cantin and the injured Stephen Johnson join Windsor with Richard Panik, Austen Brassard, Paul Bezzo and Steve Gleeson heading to Belleville.