WINDSOR, Ont. - Windsor Spitfires newcomer Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves, many of them spectacular, in helping his new team to a 5-3 win over the Brampton Battalion in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.
Eric Wellwood's goal with just over six minutes remaining in the third period proved to be the eventual game winner for the Spits who later received an insurance goal from Adam Henrique.
Bradley Snetsinger, Mark Cundari and Elgin Reid had Windsor's other
goals while Josh Bailey chipped in with two assists. Windsor had 44 shots on Battalion netminder Patrick Killeen.
Mike Lomas lead the Battalion attack with a goal and an assist. Chris Hodgson and Matt Duchene had Brampton's other goals.
Neuvirth, the 19-year-old native of the Czech Republic who was the second round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2006, was the centrepiece of a deal with the Plymouth Whalers earlier this week. The Spits also picked up rookie defenceman Tom Kane and a 2009 draft pick in the deal.
Windsor head coach Bob Boughner was impressed with the play of his new puckstopper.
Neuvirth was backed up by fellow newcomer David Reekie. The overage netminder was claimed on waivers from the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips on the same day that Neuvirth was acquired.
The home-ice victory was the Spits' ninth in 12 games so far this season and eclipsed last season's franchise-low of eight wins at the Windsor Arena. The contest also extended Windsor's winning streak to a modest three games.