Windsor and Kelowna to meet in Memorial Cup Finals
The Windsor Spitfires and Kelowna Rockets have emerged as the final two teams in the Memorial Cup. They’ll meet up on Sunday afternoon to decide the tournament.
Windsor lost its first two games, seemingly falling out of contention. After getting some outside help, however, they rebounded to stay alive with a win over the host Rimouski Oceanic on Thursday. That forced a tiebreaking match with Dmitri Kulikov and the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Adam Henrique tallied at 4:31 of overtime to send the Spitfires to the final game.
Kelowna had an easier time getting to this point. They beat Rimouski and Drummondville before losing to Windsor in a game in which they had nothing to play for.
Players to Watch:
F Jamie Benn, Kelowna
Property of the Dallas Stars, Benn leads the tournament with eight points. He’s a sniper in every sense, with fantastic shooting accuracy and slick stickhandling.
F Taylor Hall, Windsor
Considered the top prospect in the 2010 NHL draft class, Hall is an electrifying talent. The speedster led the OHL in playoff scoring after finishing sixth in the regular season.
F Greg Nemisz, Windsor
Nemisz makes a home in front of the opposition’s net, especially on the powerplay. What sets him apart from other power forward prospects is his unusually soft hands for a player of his size (six feet, three inches), as well as a goal scorer’s touch and killer instinct around the crease. The Calgary Flames took Nemisz with the 25th pick last year.
D Ryan Ellis, Windsor
The CHL’s premiere offensive defenseman, Ellis’ 87 points were good for seventh in the OHL during the regular season. His slap shot is deadly when it hits the net, and Ellis like to unleash it from a one-timing position at the center point on the powerplay. He’s expected to go around the 15th-20th pick in this year’s draft.
D Tyler Myers, Kelowna
The 12th pick in the draft last year by the Buffalo Sabres, Myers stands a towering six feet and six inches. He’s not much to scream about offensively, but is elite in his role as a shutdown blueliner. His wingspan and tenacity make him nearly impossible to beat one on one.
Those are just a few names to keep an eye out for, remember. Both sides are loaded with top end talent that will be on display for years to come in the NHL and national tournaments.
Game time on Sunday is is 4:30 PM EST. The contest will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS in Canada, while the NHL Network will pick up Rogers’ feed for viewers in the United States.