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Wellwood scores pair as Spitfires fly to 4-1 win over Sarnia Sting

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Eric Wellwood scored twice, including the game winner, as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Sarnia Sting 4-1 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday afternoon.

Ryan Ellis and Adam Wallace had the other markers for Windsor (34-5-4), while Philipp Grubauer made 22 saves.

Brent Sullivan had the only goal for Sarnia (14-26-3), while Shayne Campbell was stellar, making 43 saves for the Sting.

Sullivan opened the scoring in the game for the Sting on a delayed penalty call before Ellis and Wellwood replied for the Spitfires near the end of the first period.

The game almost seemed secondary to a blockbuster trade orchestrated by the top-ranked Spitfires on the eve of the OHL trade deadline on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Windsor sent left-winger Austin Watson to the Peterborough Petes in exchange for bruising right-winger Zack Kassian.

Windsor also packaged their second round picks in 2012 and 2014 along with Watson for Kassian.

In 33 games with the Petes this season, Kassian had 8 goals and 19 assists along with 58 minutes in penalties. A native of nearby LaSalle, Ontario, the 6'3" third-year power forward was drafted in the first round (13th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

"We are thrilled to add a player of Kassian's calibre to our lineup," claimed Spitfire coach Warren Rychel. "He's a hard-nosed player and a local boy who will bring a special element to our team, as he is a highly skilled and tough player."

Wellwood scored his second goal of the game and Wallace notched his fourth goal of the season late in the third period to salt the game away for the Spitfires.

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