WINDSOR, Ont. - Adam Henrique scored twice and added an assist as the defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires outclassed the Erie Otters in just about every way, winning 6-2 Thursday night to take a 1-0 lead in their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference quarter-final series.
Justin Shugg opened the scoring for the Spitfires midway through the first period when his sharp-angle shot beat screened Erie goaltender Adam Courchaine.
Greg McKegg tied the game for the Otters five minutes into the second period when he converted a pass from Shawn Szydlowski on a short-handed odd-man rush. The goal came on Erie's fifth shot of the game and first of the period.
Dale Mitchell restored Windsor's lead when he jumped on a turnover and streaked down the ice to one-time a pass from Taylor Hall.
Zack Kassian and Henrique both scored to give the Spitfires a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Kassian's goal was his fifth in five games since returning from a 20-game suspension for a hit on Barrie's Matt Kennedy.
Henrique, with his second of the game, and Marc Cantin scored for Windsor in the third period, while Anthony Luciani replied for Erie. Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves for Windsor.
Hall chipped in with three assists, while Mitchell and Eric Wellwood both had a pair of helpers.
Courchaine stopped 42 shots for the Otters.
The series resumes Sunday in Erie.