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Windsor Spitfires beat Brampton 5-3 to take 2-0 series lead against Battalion

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BRAMPTON, Ont. - The Brampton Battalion played a better game Friday, but it still wasn't enough to get past the surging Windsor Spitfires.

Dale Mitchell, Mark Cundari, Ben Shutron, Andrei Loktionov and Taylor Hall each had a goal for the Spitfires in their 5-3 win in Game 2 of the Ontario Hockey League final.

Windsor now leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.

After thumping Brampton 10-1 in Game 1 on Wednesday, Windsor outshot the Battalion 22-4 in the first period. Mitchell opened the scoring at 10:51, knocking home a rebound past Brampton goalie Thomas McCollum.

Cundari made it 2-0 at 18:15 with a short-handed goal, capitalizing on a Battalion turnover and firing a high shot past McCollum.

Shutron added his team's third just 25 seconds later, firing a low shot that trickled past McCollum.

Windsor head coach Bob Boughner was pleased with his team's start.

"We talked about how important the start would be," said Boughner. "We had our best opening period of the playoffs."

When asked what he said to his team during the first intermission, Battalion coach Stan Butler was blunt.

"I can't say it in a press conference."

Whatever Butler did say seemed to work as the Battalion came out hard in the second, earning a 17-12 edge in shots. Jason Dale cut the Windsor lead to 3-1 at the four-minute mark, but Loktionov restored the Spitfires' three-goal advantage at 13:50, redirecting a tip pass from Hall.

Matt Kang score for Brampton just 40 seconds later to pull the Battalion to 4-2.

Kang's second of the night, the result of a set-up from Anthony Peluso made it 4-3 at 7:41.

The Battalion appeared to have momentum on their side until a double-minor for checking from behind was assessed to Brad Albert.

Hall scored into an empty at 19:23.

McCollum finished with 37 saves on the night while Windsor goaltender Andrew Engelage turned aside 25 of 28 shots.

Despite being down 0-2, Kang believe the Battalion can regroup.

"Their building is a tough one to play in that's for sure," he said. "But we got some momentum late in the game tonight, which hopefully we can carry over."

Game 3 goes Monday night in Windsor.

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