Monday, 17 May 2010

Battle of Unbeatens Monday

It's a battle of 1-and-0 teams Monday night at the MasterCard Memorial Cup as the Calgary Hitmen take on the Windsor Spitfires.

Calgary had to come-from-behind to beat Moncton in their opener Saturday afternoon while Windsor beat up Brandon Friday night in their opening game.

"They have a lot of players that play at a high level and know how to score," said Hitmen defenceman Michael Stone on Sunday, "It's going to be a tough test for us to keep the puck out of our net."

One thing that won't help the Hitmen Monday is the absence of WHL scoring champion Brandon Kozun.

Kozun has a right ankle sprain and played just six shifts on Saturday and the Hitmen indicated Sunday that he was not expected to play Monday night.

Calgary will also be without rookie defenceman Jayden Rissling, who suffered a lower body injury in the first period of their game on Saturday afternoon.

Windsor, meanwhile, has spent two days relishing their 9-3 victory over Brandon on Friday night.

It's allowed them the time to reflect and realize that it's not all going to be as easy as it was in their opener.

"It's one win. I think this tournament takes a lot more than that," says Windsor defenceman Ryan Ellis, "I think we know that, and we've had two days off so I think we've almost put that out of our mind. It was a great win for our team but it was the start of a lot more, hopefully."

The Spitfires have won nine consecutive games going back to the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

The winner Monday will get the upperhand in finishing in first-place in the round-robin and securing a bye into Sunday's Championship Final.

You can hear the game between Windsor and Calgary on 880 CKLQ, starting with our Memorial Cup Today show at 6:00 p.m.

Pre-Game show will be at 6:35 p.m. with puck drop scheduled for 7:08 p.m.

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