National league finals
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.
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.