Expected #1 Draft Pick Taylor Hall had a huge game for the Spitfires as he scored two goals and added two assists in the 6-2 win over the WHL Champion Calgary Hitmen. With the win, Windsor moves to 2-0-0 in the Round Robin and basically with in touching distance of beating Moncton and clinching a spot for Sunday's Championship Game.
Other players like Dale Mitchell, Cam Fowler and Kenny Ryan also added some critical points as the Spitfires used a 3 goal 3rd period to turn a 3-2 game where Calgary's Jimmy Bubnick who scored both goals for the Hitmen in this game.
Philipp Grubauer had another huge game for the Spitfires as he made 25 saves in the win, and for the entire tournament he's stopped 55 of 60 shots in the two games and with the dangerous offense. Grubauer hasn't been asked to feel like the best goalie in the world that so many players go under in big time playoff games. Calgary's net-minder Martin Jones stopped 31 of 36 shots in the game.
Windsor will go at it again tonight as the Spitfires will look to finish the round-robin with a perfect 3-for-3 and knockout the Moncton Wildcats tonight. While Calgary will take on Brandon on what could be a Semifinal Preview if the Tie Breaker Game is not needed.
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From Brandon, Manitoba: Taylor Hall added two goals and added two assists to lead the Windsor Spitfires to a convincing 6-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen while also helping them clinch a berth in the MasterCard Memorial Cup Championship Game on Sunday.
Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Dale Mitchell gave the Spitfires the lead at 2:38 into the first frame. He directed a wrist-shot behind a screen Martin Jones. Just over a minute later, Taylor Hall registered his 3rd goal of the tournament with a hard slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle.
In the 2nd period, Justin Shugg put Windsor up three at 8:15 and the Spitfires seemed to be rolling towards another big win before Jimmy Bubnick recorded a marker at 14:56. Just over three minutes later, it was Bubnick again taking it to goaltender Philipp Grubauer. He made a nifty move, cut inside and flickered a wrist shot between the goaltender's pads.
Hall re-gave the Spitfires a two goal lead 12 seconds into the 3rd period by intercepting a soft pass in Calgary's zone and beat Jones five hole on a breakaway.
Kenny Ryan and Adam Wallace added goals late in the 3rd period to seal the win.
Philipp Grauber made 25 saves while Calgary Goalie Martin Jones made 31 saves on 37 shots in the loss that takes them to 1-1 in the Round Robin.
Taylor Hall earned first star honors while Jimmy Bubnick and Dale Mitchell were also recognized by getting the 2nd and 3rd stars of the game.
Game 5 of the MasterCard Memorial Cup will see the Spitfires looking to go 3-0 and clinch a Championship Game spot on Sunday. For Moncton, it's win or go home for the Wildcats as a win is needed to force a tie Breaker Game on Thursday Night. As always, you can watch it on Sportsnet and the NHL Network in the USA. It will also be streamed live on www.sportsnet.ca
Round Robin Records: Windsor is 2-0-0 Calgary is 1-1-0
Calgary Hitmen 2 Windsor Spitfires 6 (0-2, 2-1, 0-3)
0-1 WSR: Dale Mitchell (Wellwood) 2:38 1st
0-2 WSR: Taylor Hall (PP) (Fowler) 3:55 1st
0-3 WSR: Justin Shugg (Hall, Fowler) 8:15 2nd
1-3 CGY: Justin Bubnick (Foucault, Shattock) 11:43 2nd
2-3 CGY: Justin Bubnick (Schultz) 14:56 2nd
2-4 WSR: Taylor Hall (Unassisted) 0:12 3rd
2-5 WSR: Kenny Ryan (Nemisz, Kassian) 16:56 3rd
2-6 WSR: Adam Wallace (EN) (Johnston) 19:19 3rd
SOG: CGY 27 WSR 37
PP: CGY 0/2 WSR 1/3
PIM: CGY 11 Minutes on 4 Penalties WSR 9 Minutes on 3 Penalties
Goalies: CGY Martin Jones 31 SVS on 36 Shots WSR Philipp Grubauer 25 SVS on 27 Shots
3rd Star: Dale Mitchell (WSR)
2nd Star: Jimmy Bubnick (CGY)
1st Star: Taylor Hall (WSR)
Tournament Stats Leaders
1. Taylor Hall (WSR) 5 PTS (4G 1A)
2. Jimmy Bubnick (CGY) 4 PTS (2G 2A)
3. Dale Mitchell (WSR) 4 PTS (2G 2A)
4. Toni Rajala (BRN) 4 PTS (2G 2A)
9 Players with 3 Points
1. Jacob De Serres (BRN) 1-1 2.40 GAA .922 SV%
2. Philipp Grubauer (WSR) 2-0 2.50 GAA .917 SV%
3. Martin Jones (CGY) 1-1 4.53 GAA .878 SV%
4. Nicola Riopel (MON) 0-2 4.54 GAA .862 SV%
Tournament Standings after Day 4
1. Windsor 2-0-0 4 PTS 15-5
2. Brandon 1-1-0 2 PTS 7-9
3. Calgary 1-1-0 2 PTS 7-10
4. Moncton 0-2-0 0 PTS 4-9
5/14: Windsor Spitfires 9 Brandon Wheat Kings 3
5/15: Calgary Hitmen 5 Moncton Wildcats 4
5/16: Brandon Wheat Kings 4 Moncton Wildcats 0
5/17: Calgary Hitmen 2 Windsor Spitfires 6
5/18: Moncton Wildcats VS. Windsor Spitfires 7:00 PM
5/19: Brandon Wheat Kings VS. Calgary Hitmen 7:00 PM
5/20: Tie Breaker (If Necessary) 7:00 PM
5/21: Semifinal: #2 Seed VS. #3 Seed 7:00 PM
5/23: Championship: #1 Seed VS. SF Winner 6:00 PM
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