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.
In other OHL playoff action, London downed Kitchener 6-3 and Barrie defeated Brampton 5-1.
At Windsor, Ont., 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.
Knights 6 Rangers 3
At London, Ont., Chris DeSousa had two goals and an assist and Michael MacDonald also scored twice as the Knights beat Kitchener.
The Knights lead the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday in Kitchener.
Nazem Kadri had a goal and three assists for the Knights, while Leigh Salters also scored. Colin Martin added three assists.
Ryan Murphy, Jeremy Morin and Jeff Skinner replied for the Rangers.
Colts 5 Battalion 1
At Barrie, Ont., Mavric Parks made 41 saves and the Colts defeated Brampton.
The Colts lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semininal 3-0. Game 4 is Wednesday in Brampton.
Alexander Burmistrov, Colin Behenna, Darren Archibald, Matt Kennedy and Luke Puther scored for Barrie.
Sean Jones scored in the third period for Brampton, breaking Parks' shutout bid.