WINDSOR, Ont. - Rookie netminder Troy Passingham picked up his first career Ontario Hockey League shutout as the Windsor Spitfires blanked the London Knights 2-0 Thursday night.
The game remained scoreless until almost midway through the second period when Richard Panek, a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning last summer, scored his third goal of the season on a wraparound past Knights goalie Michael Hutchinson.
Justin Shugg's seventh goal of the season less than two minutes later put the reigning Memorial Cup championships up 2-0 heading into the third period.
Defenceman Mark Cundari chipped in with a pair of assists for the Spitfires (6-2-1).
Hutchinson made 41 saves, many of them spectacular, in a losing effort for the Knights (5-2-0) while Passingham made 33 stops at the other end.
An 18-year-old rookie, Passingham signed as a free agent with the Spitfires during training camp and was pressed into the starter's role in Windsor two weeks ago when overage netminder Josh Unice was felled by an injury to his medial collateral ligament.
The win extended the Spitfires' winning streak to three games while the loss was just the second this season for the Knights.