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Spitfires clinch OHL Western Conference with 6-4 win over Whalers

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists to take the Ontario Hockey League scoring lead and the Windsor Spitfires clinched their second straight Western Conference title with a 6-4 win over the Plymouth Whalers on Thursday.

The victory gave the Spitfires 105 points and the top seed in the West heading into the playoffs. Windsor (50-11-5) is the second team in OHL history to record back-to-back 50 win seasons.

Hall now has 106 points, one more than Plymouth's Tyler Seguin atop the league scoring leaders. Seguin was held pointless in the game.

Ryan Ellis scored twice for Windsor, while Justin Shugg, Dale Mitchell and Zack Kassian also scored as the Spitfires rebounded from a 4-1 deficit.

Robbie Czarnik had two goals and an assist for Plymouth (38-26-2), while Colin MacDonald and Tyler Brown also scored.

Spitfire goaltender Philipp Grubauer was pulled and replaced by Troy Passingham in the second period after Brown scored the Whalers' fourth goal on their 15th shot of the game.

Ellis scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season on power plays to draw the Spitfires to win a goal at 4-3 after 40 minutes.

Hall, Mitchell and Kassian all scored for the Spitfires in the third period to give them the victory.

Spitfire defenceman Cam Fowler, the third ranked prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, chipped in with three assists.

Passingham stopped all 14 shots he faced in the Windsor net after replacing Grubauer, while Scott Wedgewood made 40 stops for Plymouth.

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