In Windsor, Tyler Seguin scored two goals to help the Plymouth Whalers double the Spitfires 6-3 in the opening game of the Western Conference semi-final series on Thursday.
Chris Terry had a goal and two assists in the win and Joe Gaynor, Brett Bellemore and Matt Caria also scored. Matt Hackett made 46 saves for the Whalers.
Dale Mitchell opened the scoring for the Spitfires and then counted again to tie the game early in the second period. Matt Timmins also scored for the Spitfires, who lost for the first time in the playoffs.
Josh Unice got the start for Windsor and allowed four goals on 17 shots before being replaced by Andrew Engelage in the second period. Engelage allowed two goals on 13 shots.
London Knights 7, Saginaw Spirit 3
In London, Nazem Kadri had a five-point game to pace the Knights to a 7-3 win over the Saginaw Spirit in Game 1 of their second round matchup.
Kadri scored goals in the first and second periods and added three assists in the win. Philip McRae also scored two goals while Phil Varone had a goal and two assists. John Carlson and Jared Knight also scored and Trevor Cann got the win in net with 32 saves.
Belleville Bulls 4, Niagara IceDogs 3 (OT)
In Belleville, Luke Pither scored his second goal of the game 2:36 into overtime to lift the Bulls to a 4-3 win over the Niagara IceDogs in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series.
Bryan Cameron and Brandon Mashinter also scored and Mike Murphy got the win in net with 19 saves.
Andrew Shaw, Mathew Sisca and Andrew Agozzino scored for the IceDogs, who held the lead on three different occasions. Jeremy Smith was the third star of the game after making 41 saves in the loss.
Brampton Battalion 3, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 0
In Brampton, Thomas McCollum stopped all 21 shots he faced and Evgeny Grachev had a goal and an assist to help the Battalion to a 3-0 win over the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series.
Josh Day and Thomas Stajan also scored and Cody Hodgson had a pair of assists in the win.
JP Anderson made 41 saves for the Majors.
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