WINDSOR, Ont. - Justin Shugg scored his 34th and 35th goals of the season and Troy Passingham made 24 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Plymouth Whalers 6-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.
The Western Conference-leading Spitfires (46-10-5) used a balanced scoring attack as they received single goals from four different players enroute to stopping their cross-border rivals.
Windsor's Adam Henrique opened the scoring when he rifled a rebound off a Ryan Ellis blast from the point behind a startled Matt Hackett in the Whalers' net.
Ryan Hayes replied for the Whalers (36-22-2) before the end of the first period.
Taylor Hall, Justin Shugg and Greg Nemisz all scored for the Spitfires to give them a 4-1 cushion heading into the final frame.
Hall was awarded a penalty shot in the second period after being hauled down by Plymouth's Leo Jenner, but his attempt to go five-hole on Hackett was denied.
Garrett Meurs and Tyler Seguin scored for the Whalers in the third period but the visitors could not find the equalizer.
Ellis scored a power-play goal late in the third period to salt the game away for the Spitfires. Shugg scored his second goal of the game into an empty net to round out the scoring.
Hackett, who received a first period minor roughing penalty for an altercation with Henrique, made 46 saves for the Whalers in a losing effort.