WINDSOR, Ont. - Dale Mitchell scored twice and Philip Grubauer made 38 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-1 in Ontario Hockey League play Saturday night.
Greg Nemisz and Ryan Ellis scored the other goals for Windsor (35-6-4), while Eric Wellwood chipped in with three assists.
Vern Cooper had the only goal for the Greyhounds (23-19-4). Sault starter Robin Lehner was pulled after allowing the Windsor goals on just 12 shots and was replaced by Byrce O'Hagan, who shut the door the rest of the game while making 17 saves.
Mitchell opened the scoring just 17 seconds into the contest when he converted a pass from Scott Timmins and later notched his second goal of the game on a power play to give the Spitfires a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes of play.
The physical tone of the game became decidedly more intense during the second period when Windsor's Taylor Hall became embroiled in a physical confrontation with Carson Dubchak of the Sault before Spitfire defenceman Ryan Ellis tried to intercede on his teammates' behalf. Hall and Dubchak eventually dropped the gloves and fought while another altercation was going on between Windsor's Adam Henrique and the Sault's Brock Beukeboom.
Hall and Dubchak received fighting majors and game misconducts for being involved in the second fight of the same stoppage, which will result in two-game suspensions for both players.
Ten seconds later, Jordan Nolan of the Greyounds, a former Spitfire, received two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct for jumping Windsor's Dale Mitchell. The overage Spitfire forward left the ice favouring his right leg and did not return to the game.
The hostilities continued as there were three more fights in third period, including an incident that saw Henrique jump the Sault's Nick Cousins. The Greyhounds' Michael Quesnele was ejected for being third man in. Henrique was assessed instigator and fighting penalties in addition to a game misconduct for his efforts. Nemisz later received a match penalty for slew-footing the 'Hounds' Vern Cooper.
Cooper scored his 22nd goal of the season on a two-man power play with just over seven minutes left in the third period to spoil Grubauer's shutout bid.