The Windsor Spitfires fired 72 shots on goal scoring an 8-2 victory over the Plymouth Whalers Saturday night in game two action of their Western Conference second round series. The series is now tied 1-1.
Andrei Loktionov led the way offensively for the Spits with a five-point game including two goals and three assists. Ryan Ellis had two goals and one assist and Greg Nemisz scored two goals.
Windsor took the early lead when Ellis scored 55 seconds into the opening frame. Adam Henrique made it 2-0 when he scored on the power play at 2:45. The Whalers responded with a shorthanded goal by Tyler Brown.
In the second period the Spitfires scored five goals including three unanswered to take a commanding lead. Dale Mitchell opened the second period scoring on the power play 38 seconds in with his seventh of the playoffs followed by goals from Nemisz, and Loktionov Tyler Seguin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs at 4:54 before the Spitfires' Ellis and Nemisz would make it 7-2 heading into the third. Loktionov rounded out the scoring with the final goal 2:08 into the third.
Andrew Engelage was the winning goaltender making 19 saves in the win. Matt Hackett got the start in goal for the Whalers and made 44 saves in the first two periods before being replaced by Scott Wedgewood who made 20 third period saves.
London Knights 4, Saginaw Spirit 3
The London Knights took a 2-0 series lead in the other Western Conference second round series with a 4-3 win over the Saginaw Spirit Saturday night.
The Spirit opened the scoring courtesy of Tyler Murovich with his fourth goal of the playoffs at 2:46. First star of the game Michael Del Zotto replied at 6:51 on the power play to tie the game before Jared Knight made it 2-1 with his goal at 7:10 of the first.
John Tavares and Phil Varone each scored power play goals in the second period to make it 4-1 for the Knights. The Spirit battled back in the third period to make things close with goals from Jack Combs and Joe Pleckaitis.
Trevor Cann earned the win in goal for the Knights with 27 saves. Edward Pasquale stopped 30 shots in the loss.Game Summary
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