The Windsor Spitfires raised a pair of championship banners Thursday night, then went out and routed the Erie Otters - but there wasn't much celebrating afterward.
Justin Shugg scored thee goals and added two assists as the Spitfires won their first game of the Ontario Hockey League season, cruising past the Otters 8-3.
The Spitfires (1-1-1) were sluggish following a pre-game ceremony that saw the 2009 OHL and Memorial Cup championship banners raised to the rafters of the WFCU Centre. They allowed goals on Erie's first two shots of the game, and trailed 3-2 after 20 minutes.
Shugg scored twice in the second period to complete his hat trick and spark a six-goal Spitfires outburst over the final two periods.
While pleased with the victory, Windsor general manager Warren Rychel said that his team needed plenty of improvement in key areas.
"Tonight showed that we should be able to score a lot of goals this season, but we still have to improve our work in goal and on defence," he said. "We didn't allow a goal in the third period tonight, so that was good."
The win was a costly one for the Spitfires, who lost overage netminder Josh Unice to a knee injury midway through the first period.
"He could be out for a month," Rychel said. "We'll know more in a day or two."
Rookie netminder Troy Passingham replaced Unice in the Windsor net.
In other OHL action Thursday, it was: Sault Ste. Marie 5, Peterborough 3; Saginaw 6 Plymouth 1; and Barrie 6 Guelph 4.
At Windsor, Ont., Richard Panek, the Spitfires' import pick in 2008, scored the first two goals of his OHL career and overager Scott Timmins, who returned a day earlier from the training camp of the Florida Panthers, contributed a goal and two assists. Austin Watson and Michael Whaley had Windsor's other goals.
Anthony Luciani had two goals to lead the Otters (1-1-1), with Andrew Yogan adding a single.
Shane Owen made 46 saves in a losing cause for Erie while Unice and Passingham combined to stop 34 shots in the victory.
Greyhounds 5 Petes 3
At Peterborough, Ont., Brett Thompson scored three goals, including the game winner midway through the third period, to lead Sault Ste. Marie past the Petes.
James Livingston and Nick Cousins added singles for the Greyhounds (3-0-0).
Jeff Braithwaite, Jack Walchessen and Jamie Doornbosch countered for Peterborough (2-1-0).
Spirit 6 Whalers 1
At Saginaw, Mich., Ivan Telegin scored two goals in the Spirit's rout of Plymouth.
Jordan Skellett, Josh Shalla, T. J. Brodie and rookie Vincent Trocheck, with his first OHL career goal, also scored for Saginaw (3-0-0).
A. J. Jenks scored the lone goal for Plymouth (2-1-0).
Colts 6 Storm 4
At Barrie, Ont., Alex Hutchings scored twice in the Colts' win over Guelph.
Luke Pither, Taylor Carnevale, Ryan O'Connor and Bryan Cameron also had goals for Barrie (3-0-0).
Ben Chiarot, Matt Kennedy, Michael Latta and Taylor Beck replied for the Storm (0-1-1).