In the final game of round robin and in their fifth meeting of the 2016 – 2017 Ontario Hockey League season and first at the 2017 Memorial Cup when the host, the (2- 0) Windsor Spitfires met the 2017 OHL champions, the (2 – 0) Erie Otters on May 24th. The winner of Wednesday’s match – up will head straight to Memorial Cup championship final of May 28th while the loser will meet the QMJHL St John Sea Dogs on May 26th in a semi – final. In the first four meetings this season, the Otters won three of four with one going to a shootout.
With a backhand pass from Spitfire Gabriel Vilardi the back of Windsor’s net, Jeremiah Addison slides the puck past Erie goaltender Troy Timpano to give the hosts a 1 – 0 lead. Logan Stanley had the other assist on Addison’s goal 5:50 into the game. From the top of the lefthand circle in the Erie defensive zone, Addison fires his second of the game at 15:28 of the first under Timpano blocker to give the Spitfires a 2 – 0 lead with Vilardi and Julius Nattinen drawing the contributors. With Windsor on a five on three power and Logan Brown standing alone in front of Timpano. Mikhail Sergachev sinks the Spitfires third behind the Spitfire netminder to bring the hosts lead to 3 – 0. Jeremy Bracco had the other helper on Sergachev’s power play goal 43 seconds into the middle stanza.
Kyle Maksimovich crashes Spitfire netminder Michael DiPietro’s net to scores the Otters first goal of the contest at 8:10 of the final period to pull Erie within two. Warren Foegele and Anthony Cirelli adding the setting up the OHL champions first goal of the game. With Windsor’s Addison to right side of Timpano wide open, the Spitfire overager scores his third of the game for his second hat trick of the 2016 – 2017 season to give the hosts a 4 – 1 lead. Nattinen and Vilardi draw the assists on Addison’s goal at 13:31 of the period. With the OHL champions on a six on four power play and Timpano on the bench for an extra attacker, Taylor Raddysh tips a shot from the blueline six seconds into the Otter power play by Darren Raddysh to find the back of netminder DiPietro’s net to close the gap to two for Erie at 17:34 of the third. Windsor netminder Michael DiPietro stopped 33 of 35 shots in the Spitfires 4 – 2 win while Otter goaltender Troy Timpano turned away 15 of 19 shots.
The Spitfires will head straight to the 2017 Memorial Cup championship final on May 28th while the Otters will face the Sea Dogs in the semi – final on May 26th in a 7:00 p.m (EST) puck drop.