Monday, May 24, 2010

Windsor Crushes Brandon a 2nd time to clinch Memorial Cup Title, 9-1

The Spitfires clinched the Memorial Cup Championship the same way they started with a 9-1 win to clinch the CHL Memorial Cup Championship for the 2nd straight year. With the win, the Spitfires become the first team in 15 years to win back-to-back Memorial Cup Tournaments after the Kamloops Blazers did it in 1994 and 1995.

The teams 9 goals were scored by 8 different players with Adam Henrique leading the way with 2 goals and an assist. Other players with three point nights included Taylor Hall (1G 2A). Other big nights came from Greg Nemisz, Eric Wellwood and Zack Kassian all had a goal and an assist. Other notable performances included Ryan Ellis with 3 assists, while Justin Shugg and Kenny Ryan who each had two assists apiece in the Championship game that was never in doubt for the Spitfires.

Matt Calvert scored the only Wheat Kings goal of the night on a great set up for a one timer from Scott Glennie. Despite the two blowouts for the Wheat Kings, it won't take away from a great season which included a WHL East Division Title. Getting to the WHL Conference Finals for the 2nd straight year and coming back after a bad night to wrap up the round robin against Calgary to win the Semifinal in OT.

There is no doubt that the Spitfires are the class of the Major Juniors and they will go down as one of the greatest teams in junior hockey history.

From the Memorial Cup Website:

In Brandon, Manitoba: Adam Henrique and Ryan Ellis each registered three points each while the Spitfires recorded 52 shots on goal en route to a strong 9-1 victory over the host Brandon Wheat Kings to win the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Spitfires become just the 8th Team in CHL History to win back-to-back titles, and the first team since the Kamloops Blazers in 1994 & 1995.

Adam Henrique opened the scoring at 6:34 with a wrist-shot which he directed between the pads of Jacon De Serres. Then, with 33 seconds left in the first period, the Spitfires doubled their lead. The Wheat Kings failed to clear the puck causing a turnover in their own zone which opened the door for Eric Wellwood who jumped on a loose puck and beat De Serres top shelf.

Windsor took a 3-0 advantage 4:34 into the 2nd period whith Brent Raedeke in the penalty box for slashing. Taylor Hall let go a powerful wrist shot from the left faceoff dot that found an opening over the goalie's shoulder.

The Wheat Kings cut the lead to two less then 4 minutes later. Matt Calvert recorded his third goal of the MasterCard Memorial CUp on the powerplay. But it wasn't long before the Spitfires added to the lead. After a lengthy review from the video booth, Nemisz's goal was confirmed, putting Windsor up 4-1. Zach Kassian and Cam Fowler added markers prior to the end of the 2nd period to put the game out of reach.

Zach Kassian and Cam Fowler added markers ended prior to the end of the 2nd period to put the game out of reach.

Zach Kassian, Adam Henrique and Dale Mitchell recorded goals in the third period. Philipp Gruaber made 27 saves for his 4th win of the tournament. Following the game, Taylor Hall was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP, his second in as many years. He completed the tournament with 5 goals and 4 assists.

Of note, Cam Fowler became just the 21st player in history to win both an IIHF Gold Medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship as well as a Memorial Cup Title in the same year. His teammate, Ryan Ellis, accomplishment the feat last year.

Of the players who also managed to win both titles in the same year is former Brandon Wheat King Trevor Kidd who gold in 1991 before winning a Memorial Cup with the Spokane Chiefs. Kidd participated in the opening ceremonies in the opening game.

Game Summary

Brandon Wheat Kings 1 Windsor Spitfires 9 (0-2, 1-4, 0-3)

0-1 WSR: Adam Henrique (Ellis, Hall) 6:34 1st

0-2 WSR: Eric Wellwood (Timmins, Fowler) 19:27 1st

0-3 WSR: Taylor Hall (PP) (Henrique, Ellis) 4:34 2nd

1-3 BRN: Matt Calvert (PP) (Glennie, Schenn) 8:16 2nd

1-4 WSR: Greg Nemisz (Kassian, Ryan) 8:56 2nd

1-5 WSR: Marc Cantin (Shugg, Cundari) 11:36 2nd

1-6 WSR: Cam Fowler (Ellis, Nemisz) 16:52 2nd

1-7 WSR: Zach Kassian (Ryan) 5:42 3rd

1-8 WSR: Adam Henrique (Hall, Shugg) 9:44 3rd

1-9 WSR: Dale Mitchell (Timmins, Wellwood) 15:40 3rd

Game Stats

SOG: BRN 28 WSR 52

PP: BRN 1/4 WSR 1/2

PIM: BRN 10 Minutes on 5 Penalites WSR 14 Minutes on 7 Penalties

Goalies: BRN Jacob De Serres 43 SVS on 52 Shots WSR Philipp Grubauer 27 SVS on 28 Shots

ATT: 5609

3rd Star: Matt Calver (BRN)

2nd Star: Scott Timmins (WSR)

1st Star: Adam Henrique (WSR)

Tournament Schedule

5/14: Windsor Spitfires 9 Brandon Wheat Kings 3 (5-0, 4-1, 0-2)

5/15: Calgary Hitmen 5 Moncton Wildcats 4 (0-1, 1-2, 4-1)

5/16: Brandon Wheat Kings 4 Moncton Wildcats 0 (1-0, 2-0, 1-0)

5/17: Calgary Hitmen 2 Windsor Spitfires 6 (0-2, 2-1, 0-3)

5/18: Moncton Wildcats 3 Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT) (1-1, 0-1, 2-1, 0-1)

5/19: Brandon Wheat Kings 1 Calgary Hitmen 5 (1-5, 0-0, 0-0)

5/21: Brandon Wheat Kings 5 Calgary Hitmen 4 (OT) (0-2, 3-1, 1-1, 1-0)

5/23: Brandon Wheat Kings 1 Windsor Spitfires 9 (0-2, 1-4, 0-3)

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