Ot­ters, Spit­fires to meet in Fi­nal

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CANA­DIAN PRESS

— Tay­lor Rad­dysh scored twice as the Erie Ot­ters beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 6-3 on Fri­day to ad­vance to the Memo­rial Cup fi­nal.

Erie will face the Wind­sor Spit­fires in Sun­day’s cham­pi­onship. The host team earned their way into the fi­nal with three straight wins in round-robin ac­tion, in­clud­ing a 4-2 vic­tory over the Ot­ters.

Dar­ren Rad­dysh, Dy­lan Strome, Ger­man Pod­dub­nyi and War­ren Foegele also scored for the Ot­ters (3-1), the On­tario Hockey League cham­pi­ons. Troy Tim­pano made 20 saves while Alex DeBrin­cat had three as­sists.

Joe Ve­leno, Julien Gau­thier and Thomas Chabot scored for the Sea Dogs (1-3), the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League cham­pi­ons. Cal­lum Booth stopped 31-of-36 shots in de­feat.

Erie beat the Sea Dogs 12-5 in the round robin, with Strome set­ting a new Memo­rial Cup record for points in a game with a to­tal of seven.

It was nearly 1-0 Saint John six min­utes in when Si­mon Bourque squeezed the puck through Tim­pano’s legs, only for DeBrin­cat to clear it away from be­hind his ‘keeper.

Dar­ren Rad­dysh opened the scor­ing 9:59 in with an un­be­liev­able solo ef­fort.

Af­ter win­ning the race to a loose puck in the Saint John cor­ner to negate an ic­ing, he spun off his de­fender and brought it back­hand to fore­hand be­fore snap­ping a shot up and over Booth.

Ve­leno tied the game with 5:50 to go in the pe­riod when he bat­ted a re­bound out of midair past Tim­pano.

The Ot­ters started to take over near the mid­way point of the pe­riod and re-took the lead on a power play when Tay­lor Rad­dysh beat Booth blocker side from the hash­marks at 10:57.

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