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Majors, Spitfires sweep their way to second round in OHL playoffs

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The early exits continued in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs Thursday as the Erie Otters and Peterborough Petes were swept out of the opening round.

The Petes fell 3-0 to the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors while the Otters fell 5-1 to the defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires.

The latest playoff victims join the Sudbury Wolves on the sidelines. The top-seeded Barrie Colts finished their sweep of the Wolves on Wednesday.

The Guelph Storm and Saginaw Spirit could be the next to go. Both trail 3-1 in their first-round series and are in must-win situations on Friday.

In other OHL playoff action, it was: London 8 Guelph 2; Niagara 5 Ottawa 4; and Kingston 7 Brampton 4.

At Erie, Pa., Windsor star Taylor Hall scored twice for the third straight game and helped send the Otters packing.

Hall has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in four games and is tied with Nazem Kadri of the London Knights for the playoff scoring lead. He opened the scoring on the power play eight minutes into the game and added another power-play goal in the second period.

Eric Wellwood, Scott Timmins and Adam Wallace also scored for the Spitfires, while Zack Kassian added three assists. Anthony Luciani had the lone goal for Erie.

Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves for Windsor, while Otters netminder Ramis Sadikov stopped 31 shots.

At Peterborough, Ont., Mississauga goalie Chris Carrozzi stopped all 27 shots he faced to help finish off the Petes.

It was another dominating performance by the Majors, who outshot Peterborough 150-107 in the series.

Dustin Ekelman opened the scored midway through the second period, Devante Smith-Pelly added a power-play goal and Ryan Lopes capped the scoring with an empty-netter as Mississauga advanced to the conference semifinals for the second straight season.

Cameron Gaunce added two assists.

Petes netminder Jason Missiaen made 39 saves.

Knights 8 Storm 2

At Guelph, Ont., Steven Tarasuk had four assists and London took a 3-1 lead over the Storm in their Western Conference quarter-final.

The Knights can wrap up the series at home on Friday.

Daniel Erlich had a goal and two assists for London, while Seth Griffith, Nazem Kadri, Justin Taylor, Chris DeSousa, Kalle Ekelund, Leigh Salters and Tyler Brown also scored.

Mathew Sisca had both goals for Guelph.

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IceDogs 5 67's 4

At St. Catharines, Ont., Johnson Andrews scored twice as Niagara used a strong second period to stave off elimination.

Ottawa leads the Eastern Conference quarter-final series 3-1, but missed the chance at a sweep when the IceDogs scored four straight goals in the second period to take a 5-3 lead.

Game 5 is Sunday in Ottawa.

Matt Petgrave, Michael Hasson, Andrews and Reggie Traccitto all scored in the second as Niagara outshot the 67's 12-5 in the period despite being outshot 36-27 in the game.

Corey Cowick, Anthony Nigro, Tyler Toffoli and Marc Zanetti replied for Ottawa.

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Frontenacs 7 Battalion 4

At Brampton, Ont., Tyler Beskorowany made 42 saves and Kingston tied its best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series with the Battalion at two games apiece.

Ethan Werek, Alex Quine, Kaine Geldart, Zach Harnden, Corey Durocher, Michael Farrell and Michael Fine scored for Kingston.

Matt Clark, Michael Santini, Thomas Stajan and Sean Jones replied for Brampton.

Game 5 is Friday in Kingston.

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