John Tavares may find himself wearing the colours of a different team soon enough, but for now, he's still working his magic in the red, white and black of the Oshawa Generals.
Tavares and Andy Andreoff each had two goals Friday night as the Generals avoided a late comeback by Ottawa to down the 67's a 5-4 in the Ontario Hockey League.
"It was a different kind of game," Tavares said. "We took too many penalties against a very good power play, but we worked hard, got some good goaltending and some big games from our checking forwards. Early success really helped us for later on in the game."
Tavares is now in a three-way tie for second place in OHL scoring with 41 points, along with Eric Tangradi of Belleville and Windsor's Ryan Ellis. The Oakville, Ont., native has 19 goals and 22 assists in 27 games, and is currently on an 11-game point streak, with five goals and 10 assists over that stretch.
Ottawa scored twice on the power play in the third period to pull within one, but it wasn't enough to counter the strong early play of Oshawa.
The Generals took a 3-1 lead in the first period after Tavares fought off two Ottawa defenders, got a shot off and then scored on his own rebound while Oshawa was killing off a five-on-three disadvantage.
Tony DeHart also scored for the Generals (13-11-0-3) while Neil Conway made 39 saves.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Windsor 4, Saginaw 2; Brampton 4, Kingston 2; Belleville 3, Guelph 2 (OT); Erie 4, Mississauga 3; Kitchener 6, Sudbury 2; Owen Sound 6, London 3; and Plymouth 4, Sarnia 3.
At Ottawa, Thomas Nesbit and Anthony Nigro had a goal and an assist for the 67's (13-12-0-2) who were 4-3 shootout winners in Oshawa last Sunday. Corey Cowick also had a goal while Logan Couture chipped in two assists.
Ottawa netminder Chris Perugini left the game early in the second period with an apparent knee injury. He was replaced by Adam Courchaine. The two combined to stop 21 shots.
Spitfires 4, Spirit 2
At Windsor, Ont., OHL scoring leader Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique both recorded three points as the Spitfires defeated Saginaw.
Henrique scored twice, Hall added a goal and Greg Nemisz also scored for Windsor (23-3-0-0), who have sat atop the Canadian Hockey League ratings for all but one week of the season.
Nick Crawford and Joe Pleckatis scored for the Spirit (15-8-0-1).
Battalion 4, Frontenacs 2
At Kingston, Ont., Cody Hodgson's 17th goal of the season put Brampton ahead for good late in the second period against the Frontenacs.
Evgeny Grachev and Sam Carrick both had a goal and an assist for the Battalion (19-6-1-0). Scott Tanski also scored.
James Marsden and Corbin Crawford replied for Kingston (6-15-4-2).
Bulls 3, Storm 2 (OT)
At Guelph, Ont., Eric Tangradi scored late in overtime to give Belleville the win over the Storm.
Jake Lalonde and Stephen Johnston scored in regulation for the Bulls (19-6-2-2). P.K. Subban assisted on all three Belleville goals.
Guelph (13-9-2-2) led 2-0 by the 1:40 mark of the second period on goals by Luke Pither and Peter Holland.
Otters 4, Majors 3
At Mississauga, Ont., Justin Hodgman had a goal and two assists and Brandon Biggers chipped in with a goal and an assist as Erie fended off a late rally to edge the Majors.
Hodgman set up first-period goals by David Shields and Biggers and then scored in the second period as the Otters (12-13-1-0) built up a 4-0 lead, only to see Mississauga (9-13-0-1) close the gap with a rally late in the third period.
Andrew Yogan scored the other goal for the Otters, while Kyle Neuber, Jordan Mayer and Zac Rinaldo found the net for the Majors.
Rangers 6, Wolves 2
At Sudbury, Ont., Jason Akeson scored a hat trick to help Kitchener win its third straight, routing the Wolves.
Mike Mascioli, Micky Sartoretto and Scott Timmins added goals for the Rangers (12-10-1-1).
Marcus Foligno replied for Sudbury (10-13-1-2) in the first period. Peter Hermenegildo scored the other goal for the Wolves.
Attack 6, Knights 3
At London, Ont., Marcus Carroll scored twice and added an assist as Owen Sound chopped down the Knights.
Mike Lomas, Joshua Ocampo, Steven Shipley and Lane MacDermid also scored for the Attack (9-10-4-2).
Philip McRae scored twice and Vladimir Roth added a goal for London (19-6-0-1).
Whalers 4, Sting 3
At Sarnia, Ont., Ryan Hayes scored twice in the first period as Plymouth held off the Sting.
AJ Jenks and Patrick Lee rounded out the scoring for the Whalers (9-12-3-0).
Jordan Hill, Michael Neal and Jamie Arniel replied for Sarnia (12-12-2-1).