WINDSOR, Ont. - Justin Shugg scored three goals and added two assists while Harry Young and Eric Wellwood both scored their first goals of the season as the Windsor Spitfires demolished the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 12-1 in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.
Shugg's hat trick was the first of his OHL career.
"I know my role is to centre the fourth line and contribute the odd goal whenever I cam," said Shugg, who was named the game's first star. "I am not about to complain about my ice time."
OHL leading scorer Taylor Hall added three assists for the Spitfires to maintain a three-point lead over teammate Ryan Ellis, who had a goal and two assists on the afternoon.
Windsor, the number one ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period on the pair of goals from both Shugg and Rob Kwiet, who finished with two goals and an assist.
Dale Mitchell also scored twice and added a pair of assists for the Spitfires (22-2-0-0), with Adam Henrique and Greg Nemisz adding the other Windsor markers.
Jordan Carroll had the lone goal for the Greyhounds (12-11-1-0).
Windsor's Andrew Engelage made 27 saves over the first two periods before making way for rookie Steve Gleeson, who stopped all 10 shots he faced playing in his first game in weeks.
Bryce O'Hagan replaced Sault Ste. Marie starter Cody St. Jacques after the Spitfires scored their sixth goal of the game midway through the second period. The two combined to make 33 saves.
The game marked the return of Spitfires fourth-year defenceman Young, who missed 19 games due to an ankle injury. Young, a Windsor native and New Jersey Devils prospect, was teamed with partner Mark Cundari for most of the night and also played on Windsor's top penalty killing unit.