WINDSOR, Ont. - Dale Mitchell scored twice and Philipp Grubauer made 16 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Plymouth Whalers 5-0 to take a 3-0 lead in their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series.
The completely overmatched and outworked Whalers finished the game without head coach Mike Vellucci and netminder Matt Hackett, after both were ejected in the third period.
Mitchell opened the scoring just 93 seconds into the first when one-timed a pass on an odd man rush from Taylor Hall.
Adam Henrique doubled Windsor's lead at 7:25 of the second with his fifth of the post-season. Henrique shoved a rebound off a Ryan Ellis shot that was lying in the crease behind Hackett.
After Eric Wellwood scored Windsor's third at 5:51 of the final period, Ellis and Mitchell, with his second of the night, scored power-play goals to make it 5-0.
Vellucci was ejected for sarcastically clapping his hands in front of referee Dave Lewis after Ellis' goal. Hackett followed him to the Plymouth dressing room when he received four minutes for roughing in an incident that saw Windsor's Derek Lanoue receive a minor penalty for goaltender interference.
Hackett and Scott Wedgewood combined to make 31 saves in a losing effort.
Wedgewood stopped both shots he faced after replacing Hackett with four minutes to go.
The series resumes Wednesday night in Plymouth, Mich.