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The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - KYLE CICERELLA

Strong local pres­ence at cup

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

Erie will play the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League cham­pion Saint John Sea Dogs of New Brunswick in Fri­day’s semi­fi­nal, with the win­ner grab­bing the sec­ond spot in Sun­day’s cham­pi­onship.

Mikhail Ser­gachev also scored for the host Spit­fires (3-0), 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, the Ontario Hockey League cham­pi­ons.

Troy Tim­pano stopped 15 shots in de­feat.

Ad­di­son opened the scor­ing four sec­onds af­ter both teams re­turned to five-on-five.

The high-fly­ing Ot­ters couldn’t get their first shot on net for over 10 min­utes. They had only five in the first pe­riod against a very de­fen­sively stub­born Wind­sor squad.

ADRIAN WYLD, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Spit­fires’ Jeremiah Ad­di­son is sur­rounded by team­mates, in­clud­ing Julius Nat­ti­nen and Sean Day, af­ter scor­ing a goal against the Erie Ot­ters in the first pe­riod of a Memo­rial Cup round-robin hockey game in Wind­sor on Wed­nes­day night. The Spit­fires won the con­test, 4-2.

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