It’s Windsor, Ontario vs. The World

I know, I know, I just took the trouble yesterday to tell you I probably won’ t be blogging for a little bit, and now here I am.  What can I tell you, I’m in a good mood after the Leafs shellacked the Atlanta Thrashers tonight.  Positively giddy because of a five-goal second period outburst, […]

2009 Memorial Cup Champions: Turning the Page on 1988

It had no effect on the players, of course.  It couldn’t have – most of the guys wearing Spitfire sweaters today weren’t even born when it happened, so how could it have any effect on them?  Nonsense.  It did, though, have an effect on their fans.  I know that to be true. “It” was the […]

Go Spits Go! One More for the Memorial Cup

I will be watching on a slight tape delay for much of the first part of the game – yard chores kept me a little bit later than I thought today – so don’t nobody call me on the phone and be giving me updates about what’s happening. One game for the big trophy.  Winner […]

The Goal

The Windsor Spitfires beat the QMJHL champion Drummondville Voltigeurs last night 3-2 in overtime (the link goes to my live blog of the game). The OHL Champion Spitfires dropped their first two games of the Memorial Cup tournament (to Drummondville and Rimouski) before beating Western powerhouse Kelowna to force a tiebreaker on Thursday night vs. […]

Spitfires vs. Voltigeurs: A Little Sumpin’ Special Maybe?

We’re underway. First period: Two early chances for Taylor Hall, then a frantic series in the Windsor zone at about the 3 minute mark in which Engelage is down and out and Adam Henrique collapses to the front of his goal (I think) and makes a terrific block on a sure goal from Riendeau.  Drummondville […]

Windsor 6, Rimouski 4: Memorial Cup Hipster Doofus Hat Trick Edition

First period: The best early scoring chance went to Rimouski;  Spitfires goaltender Andrew Engelage stood tall on a long two on one and made an excellent save with his right arm on a quick wrist shot.  There was another amusing moment when Windsor’s Adam Henrique finished his check with authority on Oceanic defenceman Emmanuel Boudreau, […]

Windsor 2, Kelowna 1: Don’t Stop Believin’

This tournament owes us one, dammit.  I still believe. After dropping round robin games to Drummondville and Rimouski to kick off the tournament, the Spitfires faced off tonight against a Kelowna Rockets team that had already clinched a berth in the Tournament Final on Sunday.    Whereas the Spits had to win to keep any hope […]

Live Blogging Rimouski vs. Windsor: Memorial Cup 2009

NB:  I booted up the computer and sat transfixed during the first six minutes or so of this game.  The action was back and forth like crazy to begin with.  The first couple of paragraphs are a summary of what happened to that point;  thereafter, the time-denoted comments came as the game unfolded. First period: […]

Memorial Cup: Live Blogging Game 1 vs. Drummondville

NB:  I really started live-blogging a few minutes into the 2nd period; the bits about the first period were notes I was keeping to do a recap,. Pre-game ceremonies underway:  if the PA announcer doesn’t pick up the pace, Windsor’s Memorial Cup participation drought could easily stretch from 21 to 22 years before the puck […]

M16W: Accomplished

The picture comes from ontariohockeyleague.com.