It took a marathon shootout, but the Windsor Spitfires finally finished off a Saginaw Spirit team that would not quit.
Ron Soucie notched the winner in the 14th round as Windsor outlasted their West Division rivals 4-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night. Soucie was only the third shooter to score in the shootout. Of the 27 other shooters, only Andrei Loktionov and T.J. Brodie found the net for their respective teams, both in the fifth round.
Spitfires top prospect Taylor Hall scored twice to take sole possession of the OHL scoring lead with 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) as teammate Ryan Ellis was held off the scoresheet for the first time in eight games to keep his point total at 38 (13-25).
Hall's second goal was a shorthanded marker early in the third period to give Windsor a 3-2 lead, which held up until Brodie tied the game for Saginaw with under four minutes remaining.
Rob Kwiet added a goal in regulation for Windsor (21-2-0-0), who outshot the Spirit 47-30.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Belleville 4, Ottawa 3 (SO); Erie 6, Owen Sound 3; Guelph 3, Kitchener 2; London 6, Plymouth 2; Niagara 6, Peterborough 2; Sarnia 4, Barrie 2; and Sault Ste. Marie 2, Mississauga 1.
At Saginaw, Mich., the Spirit (12-7-0-1) also got goals from Kyle Bochek and Jakub Svoboda. Saginaw has lost two straight after starting the month of November with four straight victories to claim second place in the West Division, behind the league-leading Spitfires.
Windsor goaltender Andrew Engelage turned aside 24 shots in regulation and three in overtime. Edward Pasquale stopped 40 shots in regulation and four in overtime for the Spirit.
Bulls 4, 67's 3 (SO)
At Belleville, Ont., Bryan Cameron scored twice in regulation and added the only goal of the shootout to lead the Bulls past East Division rivals Ottawa.
Cameron also assisted on Eric Tangradi's goal, which tied the game for Belleville (15-6-1-2) with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.
Michael Latta had a pair while Thomas Nesbitt also scored for the 67's (12-9-0-2).
Otters 6, Attack 3
At Erie, Pa., Torquato had a goal and two assists to lift the Otters over the Owen Sound.
Paul Cianfrini and Andrew Yogan each had a goal and an assist while Shawn Szydlowki, Luke Gazdic and Justin Hodgman also scored for Erie (11-10-1-0).
Lane MacDermid had two goals and Myles Doan added a single for the Attack (8-10-3-1).
Storm 3, Rangers 2
At Guelph, Ont., Taylor Beck scored twice - including the game-winner - as the Storm edged Kitchener.
Luke Pither had the other goal for Guelph (13-7-1-2).
Michael Catenacci and Scott Timmins replied for the Rangers (9-10-1-1).
Knights 6, Whalers 2
At Plymouth, Mich., Justin Taylor and Akim Aliu both scored a pair as London powered past the Whalers.
Kale Kerbashian and Tucker Hunter added goals for the Knights (16-5-0-1). Kevin Montgomery finished with three assists.
Vern Cooper and Josh Bemis found the net for Plymouth (7-12-2-0).
IceDogs 6, Petes 2
At Peterborough, Ont., Matt Sisca scored a hat trick and added an assist as Niagara hammered the Petes.
Alex Pietrangelo, in his first game back from the St. Louis Blues, had three assists for the IceDogs (8-8-4-4). Marco Insam had a goal and two assists while Matt Piva and Reggie Traccitto also scored.
Replying for the Petes (10-13-0-1) were Zack Kassian and Yves Bastien.
Sting 4, Colts 2
At Barrie, Ont., Justin DiBenedetto, Gregg Sutch and Matt Martin had a goal and an assist each to lift Sarnia over the Colts.
Mark Katic scored the other goal for the Sting (10-9-1-1).
Kyle Clifford and Colt Kennedy answered for Barrie (9-11-1-1).
Greyhounds 2, Majors 1
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Cody St. Jacques made 42 saves as the Greyhounds hung on to beat Mississauga.
James Livingston and Jamie Haines scored for Sault Ste. Marie (11-9-1-0). Matthew Lyall had two assists.
Casey Cizikas was the only player on the Majors (8-11-0-1) to beat St. Jacques.