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Skinner scores 2, Maxwell stops 51 as Rangers down Spitfires 5-2 in West final

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KITCHENER, Ont. - If the Windsor Spitfires hope to repeat as Ontario Hockey League champions, they'll have to figure out how to stop Jeff Skinner.

The Kitchener sophomore scored his 15th and 16th goals of the playoffs as the Rangers defeated Windsor 5-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference final series Saturday.

Skinner reached 50 goals during the regular season and leads all playoff goal-scorers by six after also scoring twice in Game 1. Taylor Hall, who scored his 10th goal early in the third period for the Spitfires, is tied for second.

Both of Skinner's goals came on the power play as Kitchener went 3-for-8 with the man advantage and gave the fearsome Windsor power play only one opportunity all game.

Brandon Maxwell stopped 48 shots, allowing Kitchener to build a 3-0 lead on goals by Skinner, Chris MacKinnon and Jason Akeson. Andrew Crescenzi also scored - his first OHL playoff goal.

Hall's goal pulled Windsor within one, but the Spitfires couldn't beat Maxwell again despite firing 18 shots in the final 20 minutes.

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves and Adam Henrique had the other goal for Windsor, which swept its way to the conference finals but must win at home on Sunday to avoid falling into a deep 3-0 series hole.

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