WINDSOR, Ont. - On a night Windsor honoured last season's Memorial Cup victory, Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner said his team was suffering from a bit of a hangover.
Miles McCauley scored the shootout winner for Plymouth as the Whalers ruined Windsor's party, downing the Spitfires 6-5 as the Ontario Hockey League regular season got underway.
"We had a dull feeling on our bench for the first few minutes of the game and it took too long for too many guys to get things going," he said. "It was difficult to keep clawing back all night long."
The Spitfires got goals from Austin Watson, Taylor Hall and Cam Fowlerin late in the third period to tie the game 5-5 and set the stage for McCauley's heroics.
"We are still implementing our systems and a lot of players are still getting used to their roles on our team," said Boughner.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Peterborough 2 Brampton 1; Barrie 9 Owen Sound 1; and Kingston 3 Niagara 2.
At Windsor, Ont., the Whalers jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes on goals by Tyler Seguin, Sean Meyers and Tyler G. Brown.
Seguin later added a second goal to go along with an assist for a three-point night. Josh Bemis also scored for the Whalers.
Hall led the Spitfires with three goals and an assist, while Fowler had four points, including his first-career OHL goal.
The Spitfires, the number-one ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, were honoured before the game for last season's Memorial Cup victory.
Scott Wedgewood made 39 saves in picking up the win for the Whalers, while Josh Unice and Troy Passingham combined for 20 saves for the Spitfires.
Petes 2 Battalion 1
At Peterborough, Ont., Jason Missiaen made 44 saves as the Petes rallied in third period to snap a 13-game losing streak against Brampton.
Colts 9 Attack 1
At Barrie, Ont., Luke Pither scored four goals and Michael Sgarbossa added two of his own as the Colts routed Owen Sound.
Frontenacs 3 Niagara 2
At St. Catharines, Ont., Michael Farrell's power-play goal late in the second period was the winner as Kingston downed Niagara.