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Spitfires take series lead with another commanding win over Plymouth

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Adam Henrique, Andrei Loktionov and Dale Mitchell all scored twice as the Windsor Spitfires hammered the Plymouth Whalers 8-1 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

Henrique opened the scoring just under two minutes into the second period when he one-timed a pass from Justin Shugg on a 2-on-1. After a pair of goals by Loktionov, Mitchell scored his eighth goal of the playoffs to put the Spitfires up by a 4-0 margin after 40 minutes of play.

Mitchell and Henrique both scored their second goals of the game and Greg Nemisz and Taylor Hall also scored to put the game away for Windsor in the final period.

The tone of the game became more physical after Plymouth's Kaine Geldart received a five-minute match penalty six minutes into the third period for a head check on Loktionov, who did not return to the game. Fights broke out on four separate occasions after the incident.

Beau Schmitz, with is second of the post-season, had the Whalers' only goal.

Windsor's Andrew Engelage made 29 saves to pick up the win while Plymouth netminder Matt Hackett was replaced by Scott Wedgewood after surrendering Mitchell's second goal of the contest. Hackett allowed seven goals on 43 shots, while Wedgewood stopped six of seven.

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