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Spitfires down Rangers 7-5, stave off elimination in OHL West final

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KITCHENER, Ont. - Adam Henrique and Zack Kassian each scored twice and the Windsor Spitfires avoided a sweep in the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference final with an 7-5 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Tuesday.

The Rangers still lead the defending Memorial Cup champions 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Thursday in Windsor, Ont.

Greg Nemisz had a goal and two assists while Scott Timmins and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist for Windsor. Ryan Ellis had four assists while Mark Cundari chipped in with two assists.

Jeff Skinner scored twice for Kitchener, while Matthew Tipoff, Jason Akeson and Chris MacKinnon also scored. Ryan Murphy and Jeremy Morin each had two assists.

Philipp Grubauer had 24 saves for Windsor while Brandon Maxwell stopped 34 shots for Kitchener.

With their playoff lives on the line, the Spitfires came out flying. Timmins, Kassian and Nemisz all scored to give Windsor a 3-0 lead after the first period.

Skinner and Kassian traded goals in the second, then Kitchener roared out of the gate in the third. Tipoff, Skinner and Akeson all scored in the first 11:40 of the final period to tie the game 4-4.

The Spitfires took a 5-4 lead on a power-play goal from Henrique, but MacKinnon replied with less than three minutes left in the game to tie it 5-5.

With time winding down, Hall scored the winner less than a minute after MacKinnon's goal.

Henrique capped the scoring with a short-handed goal into an empty net.

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