Taylor Hall had two goals in the third period and Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Plymouth Whalers 5-1 in their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference semifinal opener Thursday.
Despite a parade to the penalty box in the first period, the game's first two goals, both from Windsor, came at even strength.
Scott Timmins scored on a rebound off a turnaround shot from the point by Justin Shugg to give Windsor a 1-0 lead. Adam Henrique made it 2-0 with his third of the playoffs when he corralled a rebound from behind the Plymouth net and slide the puck behind a sprawling Whalers netminder Matt Hackett.
Ryan Ellis extended Windsor's lead to 3-0 with his first goal of the post-season on a power-play blast from the point.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was: London 8 Kitchener 5; Barrie 5 Brampton 3; and Mississauga 4 Ottawa 1.
At Windsor, Ont., Ryan Hayes got the Whalers on the scoreboard with a wraparound effort at 15:23 of the second while on the power play.
Hall's seventh and eighth goals of the playoffs rounded out the scoring in the third.
Hackett made 35 saves in a losing effort.
The series resumes Saturday night in Plymouth.
Knights 8 Rangers 5
At London, Ont. Daniel Erlich led the way with two goals and an assist as the Knights took Game 1 of their second-round series with Kitchener.
Stephen Sanza, Chris DeSousa, Leigh Salters, Nazem Kadri and Jared Knight each had a goal and an assist for the Knights, while Colin Martin also scored. Steven Tarasuk added two assists.
Jeff Skinner scored twice for Kitchener, while Chris MacKinnon added a goal and three assists. Ryan Murphy had a goal and two assists, and Michael Catenacci also scored.
Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves for the win, while Brandon Maxwell stopped 25 shots in defeat.
Game 2 goes Friday in Kitchener, Ont.
Colts 5 Battalion 3
At Barrie, Ont., Peter Di Salvo made 37 saves as the Colts took Game 1 of their second-round series with Brampton.
Alexander Burmistrov, Kyle Clifford and Bryan Cameron each had a goal and an assist for Barrie, while Stefan Della Rovere and Taylor Carnevale also scored.
Thomas Stajan, Sam Carrick and Sean Jones replied for Brampton.
Patrick Killeen made 37 saves in defeat for the Battalion, who host Game 2 of the series on Sunday afternoon.
Majors 4 67's 1
At Ottawa, T.J. Battani scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period as Mississauga St. Michael's opened their Eastern Conference semifinal with a win over the 67's.
Chris Carrozzi made 28 saves for the Majors, who will be trying for a two-game lead when the best-of-seven series resumes Friday in Ottawa.
Gregg Sutch and William Wallen also scored for Mississauga, with Riley Brace and Rob Flick each chipping in with two assists.
Corey Cowick scored for the 67's goal, while Chris Perugini made 34 saves.