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Plymouth upsets Windsor as OHL's second round begins

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The Canadian Press
4/2/2009 11:13:54 PM
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Tyler Seguin scored two goals and Matt Hackett made 46 saves as the Plymouth Whalers stunned the Windsor Spitfires 6-3 on Thursday, taking a 1-0 lead in their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series.

Windsor native Brett Bellemore, Joel Gaynor and Whalers captain Chris Terry had the other goals for the Whalers, who won for the first time in five games in Windsor this season.

Dale Mitchell, with two, and Scott Timmins -- with his first of the post season -- had Windsor's goals.

Elsewhere in OHL playoff action it was: London 7 Saginaw 3; Belleville 4 Niagara 3 (OT); and Brampton 3 Mississauga 0.

At Windsor, Ont., Mitchell opened the scoring in the game for the Spitfires on a power play when he deposited a wrist shot past Hackett.

Terry replied just 20 seconds later when he converted a pass from Matt Caria on a 2-on-1 play.

Seguin scored his first of the game before the end of the first period, putting the Whalers up 2-1 after twenty minutes of play.

Plymouth chased Windsor starter Josh Unice after Bellemore's short-handed goal put the Whalers up 4-2 despite being outshot 35-17 with five minutes left in the second period.

Andrew Engelage replaced Unice in the Windsor net. The move was the third time in five games that the Spitfires have had to pull their starting netminder during the post-season.

The two Windsor goaltenders combined for 24 saves on the night.

Knights 7 Spirit 3

At London, Ont., Nazem Kadri had two goals and three assists as the Knights beat Saginaw.

Philip McRae scored twice, Phil Varone had a goal and two assists while Jared Knight and John Carlson also scored for London, which took a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal.

Tyler Murovich, Mitch Fillman and Jack Combs replied for Saginaw.

Game 2 is Saturday in Saginaw, Mich.

Bulls 4 IceDogs 3 (OT)

At Belleville, Ont., Luke Pither scored his second goal of the game in overtime as the Bulls beat Niagara.

Bryan Cameron and Brandon Mashinter also scored for Belleville, which took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.

Eric Tangradi added three assists.

Andrew Shaw, Mathew Sisca and Andrew Agozzino replied for the IceDogs.

Game 2 is Friday in St. Catharines, Ont.

Battalion 3 Majors 0

At Brampton, Ont., Evgeny Grachev had a goal and an assist and Thomas McCollum made 21 saves for his first shutout of the post-season as the Battalion blanked Mississauga.

Josh Day and Thomas Stajan rounded out the scoring for the Battalion, which took a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

JP Anderson made 41 saves for the Majors.

Game 2 of the series goes Friday night in Mississauga, Ont.

 

 

 

 

 

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