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Shugg scores twice as Windsor Spitfires down Sarnia 4-1; clinch playoff berth

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Justin Shugg scored twice as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Sarnia Sting 4-1 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday afternoon.

Stephen Johnson and Eric Wellwood had the other markers for Windsor (40-7-5) and Troy Passinghmam made 17 saves to pick up his league-leading 32nd win of the season

The victory clinched a playoff spot and gave the Spitfires 85 points, tops in the Ontario Hockey League this season.

Brandon Francisco was the lone scorer for Sarnia (14-35-3). Shayne Campbell made 37 saves for the Sting, who have lose twelve games in a row.

Following a scoreless first period, the Spitfires scored three times in the second period to take control of the game and never look back.

Johnson and Shugg scored just two minutes apart to open scoring, then Wellwood had a power-play tally with less than a minute to go in the second period.

Johnson's goal was his first as a Spitfire and came on a short-handed effort in his third game with Windsor. He was acquired earlier this month from the Belleville Bulls. Shugg, the game's first star, scored his second goal of the game and 27th of the season in the third period.

Francisco scored his eighth goal of the season with just under two minutes left in the game to ruin Passingham's shutout bid.

The game marked the return of Adam Henrique to the Windsor lineup after he was suspended for five games. Zack Kassian continues to serve his 20-game suspension.

Greg Nemisz also missed the game with a groin injury.

Sarnia, whose 31 points are the lowest point total in the league, went winless in the month of January.

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