WINDSOR, Ont. - Rookie defenceman Ryan Ellis had a goal and assist and newcomer Conor O'Donnell scored the eventual winner with just under two minutes left in the second period as the Windsor Spitfires beat the Barrie Colts 5-1 in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday.
Jordan Nolan, Taylor Hall and Josh Bailey also scored for the Spitfires (20-6-2-3), who have ranked among the Canadian Hockey League's top teams for most of the season. Former Colt Matt Bragg added two assists.
Vladimir Nikiforov scored for the Colts (17-13-1-1), who were outshot 70-19 and outchanced by a wide margin in every period.
Windsor's Andrew Engelage picked up the win in goal but the story of the game was Barrie's Andrew Perugini, who put on a veritable goaltending clinic.
The win was Windsor's second in two games against the Colts this season as the Spits won 5-1 in Barrie in November.
It marked the debut of O'Donnell, who was acquired from the Brampton Battalion on Saturday in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2009.
The Hamilton native played a regular shift while providing the Spitfires with a physical presence all afternoon, playing on a line with Bragg and Nolan.