Congratulations to the Windsor Spitfires – and the City of Windsor – on the Spits’ first Memorial Cup victory. Windsor becomes the first team ever to win the Cup after going down 0-2 in the round robin portion of the tournament. They had to beat Kelowna in their final game of the round robin to force a tiebreaker, beat Rimouski in the tiebreaker and then Drummondville in the semi-final just to make it to today’s game.
Once they were there, they seemed desperately hungry to claim the trophy; three quick goals in the first seven minutes and eleven seconds pretty much sealed the Rockets’ fate, as the Spits beat Kelowna 4 – 1 to claim the 2009 Memorial Cup Championship. Give Kelowna credit, they gave it a whirl to come back, scoring a goal eight seconds in to the second period – but Ryan Ellis’ bomb from the point in the dying portions of that period restored a three goal lead and made Kelowna’s route to victory all the more difficult.
I will have a more complete recap up later; for now, be proud of your team, Windsor – they showed skill, talent and heart in winning this Championship. Enjoy it!
Oh, and Leaf fans: the Memorial Cup winning goal – was scored by Dale Mitchell (2007 3rd round pick, 74th overall).