Stephen Stamkos scored twice and Andrew Perugini made 31 saves as the Sarnia Sting defeated the Windsor Spitfires 3-0 on Thursday.
With the victory, the Sting took a 1-0 lead in their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference quarter-final playoff series
Stamkos, the 18-year-old superstar prospect who's projected to be the top pick overall in this summer's National Hockey League Entry Draft, scored twice in the first period to help stake the Sting to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Jared Gomes had the Sting's other first period marker.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Colts 3 Battalion 1; IceDogs 4 Majors 0; and Petes 5 Bulls 4 (OT).
At Windsor, Ont., Stamkos failed to capitalize on a second period penalty shot when Spitfire goaltender Jakub Kovar stayed with him all the way and kicked out his left pad to make the save.
Special teams went a long way in determining the game's final outcome as the Sting were able to kill all seven Spitfire power plays.
Kovar faced 29 shots in taking the loss in goal for the Spitfires.
Game Two goes Friday night in Sarnia with Game Three in Windsor on Easter Sunday night.
Colts 3 Battalion 1
At Brampton, Ont.,Tomas Marcinko's first goal of the game at the 14:22 mark of the third period broke a 1-1 deadlock and lifted the Barrie Colts to a victory over the Battalion in Game One of their OHL Eastern Conference quarter-final.
IceDogs 4 Majors 0
At St. Catharines, Ont., Michael Swift scored two goals and Sebastian Dahm stopped 29 shots to give the Niagara IceDogs a victory over the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors and 1-0 lead in their OHL Eastern Conference quarter-final.
Petes 5 Bulls 4 (OT)
At Peterborough, Ont., Brett Theberge's power-play goal 11:03 into overtime lifted Peterborough Petes past Belleville Bulls, tying the the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final 1-1.