Host Spit­fires skate into Memo­rial Cup fi­nal

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY KYLE CICERELLA

Jeremiah Ad­di­son had a hat trick as the Wind­sor Spit­fires beat the Erie Ot­ters 4-2 on Wed­nes­day to ad­vance di­rectly to the Memo­rial Cup fi­nal.

Erie will play the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League cham­pion Saint John Sea Dogs (1-2) in Fri­day’s semi­fi­nal, with the win­ner grab­bing the sec­ond spot in Sun­day’s cham­pi­onship.

Mikhail Ser­gachev also scored for the host Spit­fires (30), who went un­de­feated in the round robin. Gabriel Vi­lardi as­sisted on all three of Ad­di­son’s goals while Michael DiPi­etro made 33 saves.

Kyle Mak­si­movich and Tay­lor Rad­dysh sup­plied the of­fence for the Ot­ters (2-1), the Ontario Hockey League cham­pi­ons. Troy Tim­pano stopped 15 shots in de­feat.

Ad­di­son opened the scor­ing four sec­onds af­ter both teams re­turned to 5-on-5. Vi­lardi made a pass from be­hind the net to Ad­di­son out front and he roofed it over Tim­pano 5:50 into the first.

The high-fly­ing Ot­ters couldn’t get their first shot on net for over 10 min­utes. They had 74 com­bined shots in their first two vic­to­ries of the tour­na­ment, but only five in the first pe­riod against Wind­sor.

Their best early chance was a 4-on-2 break led by Dy­lan Strome and Alex DeBrin­cat, but one too many passes led to a wasted chance.

Ivan Lod­nia put a wris­ter into DiPi­etro’s chest with 9:22 to go in the pe­riod.

Jeremy Bracco had a glo­ri­ous chance to dou­ble his team’s lead with 4:29 to play in the first, but a des­per­ate Tim­pano got across the crease and kept the puck out de­spite not know­ing where it hit him.

Tim­pano couldn’t get a piece of an Ad­di­son shot only 30 sec­onds later, as the Cana­di­ens draft pick snapped it from the top of the circle short side for his sec­ond of the game and a 2-0 lead to take into the first in­ter­mis­sion.

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