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Spitfires advance to Memorial Cup Final

Spitfires advance to Memorial Cup Final Jodelli/via Flickr


The Windsor Spitfires defeated the Erie Otters last night 4-2. The victory gives them the right to play in Sunday’s Memorial Cup final. They now await either the Otters or the Saint John Sea Dogs, who will play on Friday night.

The Spitfires are no stranger to Memorial Cup success, going back-to-back through 2009 and 2010. However, this Spitfires team saw an early exit from the OHL playoffs.

They played the defending OHL and Memorial Cup Champions, the London Knights. The Spitfires forced the Knights to fight back after taking a 3-1 series lead. London, though, would take the series in seven games. However, through the privilege of hosting the tournament, the Spitfires received an automatic birth.

The tournament kicked off with a game against the Saint John Sea Dogs. The Sea Dogs won the Quebec Major Junior League Championship. However, despite the Sea Dogs championship success, they could not contain the Spitfires. The Spitfires would go on to defeat the Sea Dogs 3-2.

Next for the Spitfires, they would meet the champs of the Western Hockey League, the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds lacked thunder, entirely, though. Seattle would not even earn a shot on goal until well after the 11 minute mark in the first. The Spitfires would route the WHL Champions 7-1.

The biggest challenge for the Spitfires came in the form of their league’s best team, the Erie Otters.

The Otters dominated the Ontario Hockey League, earning 50 wins for the third consecutive season. However, this would not phase the hosting Spitfires. After the first period of play, the Spitfires led the Otters 2-0 and force the Otters to earn their ice.

However, as Windsor’s offensive play dropped, the goaltending of draft-eligible Michael DiPietro did not. The Otters came out in the second period controlling play for the most part, but DiPietro would own his crease, making save after save.

The Otters, much like the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 against the Ottawa Senators, seemed to outplay the Spitfires. However, when it mattered most, the Spitfires caught the better of the opportunities. The Otters would out-shoot the Spitfires by a wide margin, 45-18.

Even with that though, DiPietro would stop 43 of 45 as the Spitfires would take the game 4-2. In the game, Spitfires over-age forward, Jeremiah Addison, scored a hat-trick, earning him the first star of the game.

The Otters look to face the Spitfires again this coming Sunday, but will have to go through the Sea Dogs first. The Otters topped the Sea Dogs 12-5 in their first meeting of the tournament.

On a wall visible to the writer of this article rest two hats. One for 2009, the other for 2010. Sunday, May 28, 2017 brings upon the possibility of one for 2017.