Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Road to the 2010 Memorial Cup

We now know one of the teams that will be in Brandon for the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Windsor Spitfires claimed their second straight Ontario Hockey League title Tuesday night, downing the Barrie Colts 6-2 to sweep the Robertson Cup final in four straight games.

Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler had two goals and an assist each for the Spitfires.

Windsor features some familiar names, the most recognizable of which would be Taylor Hall, who is the potential first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

In addition, Hall, defenceman Ryan Ellis and forwards Adam Henrique and Greg Nemisz were also members of Canada's silver-medal winning team at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship, where they were teammates with current Wheat Kings Brayden Schenn and Travis Hamonic.

Henrique was named the OHL's playoff MVP after notching 20 goals and 25 points in 19 post-season games.

The Spitfires will also have a little extra incentive this year.

Windsor captured the Memorial Cup last year in Rimouski and will be attempting to become the first repeat winners of the Cup since the Kamloops Blazers in 1994 and 1995.

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Martin Jones stopped 29 shots as the Calgary Hitmen downed the Tri-City Americans 4-1 Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Hockey League Final.

Kris Foucault, Michael Stone and Cody Sylvester scored in the final 7:44 of the first period to give the Hitmen a 3-0 lead and Ian Schultz added an empty-net goal for Calgary.

Kruise Reddick scored the lone goal for the Americans with Alexander Pechurskiy stopping 31 shots in the Tri-City net.

Calgary will attempt to claim their first WHL title since 1999 and punch their ticket to Brandon for the Memorial Cup on Wednesday night.

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Mike Hoffman had two goals and two assists and the Saint John Sea Dogs got back into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship series Tuesday night with a 6-4 win over the Moncton Wildcats.

Moncton still holds a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series with the Sea Dogs with Game #4 Friday in Moncton.

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