Monday, May 3, 2010

OHL Championship Game 3: Adam Henrique's Hat Trick puts the Spitfires One Win away from a Repeat

With Adam Henrique's hat trick that saw him score twice in the 2nd and putting the game away in the 3rd period as the Spitfires just one win short of the team defending the OHL Championship and a shot of defending the Memorial Cup in Brandon, Manitoba. After the first period ended even in both a scoreless game and in SOG in 11.

It was early in the 2nd period that saw the Spitfires light up the home crowd with a power-play goal by Justin Shugg just 3 minutes into the 2nd period. It took him a little while for Henrique to take over the game, but midway through the 2nd period with goals around the middle of the period which included a SH Goal to make it 3-0 Spitfires. Barrie made things interesting with goals Zac Rinaldo and Stefan Della Rovere scored to make it 3-2 later in the 2nd, but that's as close the Colts would get.

The 3rd period saw the Spitfires by Timmins and Henrique's 3rd of the game put the Spitfires just one win away from repeating as OHL Champions. Expect Barrie to put it all on the line for Game 4 on Tuesday Night to prevent the Spitfires from making it a clean sweep.

By Aaron Bell of the Ontario Hockey League Website:

In Windsor, Ontario: The Windsor Spitfires are one win away from winning the OHL Robertson Cup for the 2nd straight year. Adam Henrique had a hat trick, including the game winner in the 2nd period to pace the Spitfires to a 5-2 win over the Barrie Colts in Game 3 of the OHL Championship Series on Sunday Night in Windsor.

The Spitfires lead the series 3-0 and can wrap it up with a win at home in Game 4 on Tuesday.

"Our start wasn't what we wanted it to be for whatever reason", said Spitfires head Coach Bob Boughner." "Give Barrie Credit, obviously they were hungry to play tonight. We had some big goals. It was a rough game with lots of penalties. There was a lot of emotion out there and in the end Philipp Grubaner and Adam Henrique obviously had some big performances."

Justin Shugg opened the scoring with a power-play marker early in the 2nd period and then Henrique counted two in a row to push the Spitfires lead to three. The Colts responded with goals by Zac Rinaldo and captain Stefan Della Rovere to cut the lead to one but Scott Timmins scored his 10th goal of the playoffs late in the 2nd period to end the rally.

Henrique rounded out the hat trick with his 19th goal of the post-season late in the 3rd period. It was the Spitfires seventh straight playoff win.

"I think we came out a little flat and got out of the first period (tied)," Henrique said. "In the 2nd period we picked up our play and things started rolling a little bit more."

Grubauer was the first star after making 42 saves in the win.

"Philipp Grubauer saved our butts so many times," Boughner said. "He looks like a confident goalie right now. He's seeing the puck obviously he's focused. From two weeks ago and what we had to go through in that last series (against Kitchener) I think he's a better goalie."

Peter Di Salvo made his first start of the series for the Colts and allowed five goals on 30 shots in the loss.

"There isn't much to say, the guys know what we faced with," said Della Rovere. "We have a hill to climb and we have to come together in the room. We have to come out on Tuesday and take it one shift at a time."

The Colts lead the entire CHL in wins and points during the regular season and through the first three rounds of the playoffs but after dropping the first three games of the series, they are facing elimination on Tuesday.

"There's only one way to try to get it back into it and that's to win shifts and win periods," said Colts Coach Marty Williamson. "We knew coming into this one today that if we didn't win this one, they would be a big hill to climb. You can't look at the big picture you have to look at what we have to do when we come into this building on Tuesday and that's to win the first period."

Boughner was obviously happy with the win but said his team will need to be even better to finish off the Colts.

"We have to be better if we think we can win this one in four," Boughner said. "The guys can't be to loose or overconfident. If we want to win Game 4, we can't get out-chanced in our building. We have to make sure that we're taking the imitative out there."

The Spitfires won the Robertson Cup as OHL Champions last year in five games over the Brampton Battalion and went on to win the Memorial Cup in Rimouski, QC.

The OHL Champions will travel to Brandon, Manitoba next week to play in the 2010 Mastercard Memorial Cup starting on Friday May 14 if the Spitfires win on Tuesday Night.

Windsor Spitfires Lead Series 3-0, Game 4 will be on Tuesday Night in Windsor, Ontario.

Barrie Colts 2 Windsor Spitfires 5 (0-0, 2-4, 0-1)

0-1 WSR: Justin Shugg (PP) (Ellis, Hall) 3:18 2nd

0-2 WSR: Adam Henrique (Hall, Ellis) 9:30 2nd

0-3 WSR: Adam Henrique (SH) (Unassisted) 12:49 2nd

1-3 BAR: Zac Rinaldo (Kennedy, Prout) 14:00 2nd

2-3 BAR: Stefan Della Rovere (Burmistrov, Brodie) 16:07 2nd

2-4 WSR: Scott Timmins (Mitchell, Cundari) 17:36 2nd

2-5 WSR: Adam Henrique (Hall, Fowler) 15:15 3rd

Game Stats

SOG: BAR 44 WSR 30

PP: BAR 0/7 WSR 1/8

PIM: BAR 40 Minutes on 15 Penalties WSR 32 Minutes on 16 Penalties

Goalies: BAR Peter Di Savo 25 SVS on 30 Shots WSR Philipp Grubauer 42 SVS on 44 Shots

ATT: 6556

3rd Star: Scott Timmins (WSR)

2nd Star: Adam Henrique (WSR)

1st Star: Philipp Grubauer (WSR)

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