Michael DiPietro leads Spitfires past Otters to capture third Memorial Cup

2017 Memorial Cup Final: Windsor Spitfires vs. Erie Otters open thread

Jeremy Bracco had the Spitfires up early with a power-play goal and the team that scored first in all eight games in this tournament ended up winning.

Erie Otters goaltender Troy Timpano issued an apology Monday for throwing his stick at a camera after the team's 4-3 loss to the Windsor Spitfires in the Memorial Cup final.

With less than two minutes to go and his Erie Otters trailing the Windsor Spitfires, 4-3, Strome took a shot that beat goalie Michael DiPietro but didn't beat the left post. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect became the sixth player in the last 10 years to win both World Junior gold and the top prize in Canadian junior hockey in the same season. Unless that's something that continues to happen, we would not expect drastic changes to the tournament format any time soon.

The Spitfires made tournament history by becoming the first host team to lose in the first round of the playoffs and rebound to win the Memorial Cup.

"Truly special, especially being from here", said DiPietro, from 35 minutes south of Windsor in Amherstburg.

"Family, friends, billets, everything about it, so blessed and grateful".

Kim Laporte had tears in her eyes as the final few seconds on the clock ticked down and the Windsor Spitfires won the Memorial Cup championship Sunday night.

Otters captain Dylan Strome didn't take much comfort in winning the Memorial Cup's MVP award after losing the final to the Windsor Spitfires on Sunday.




The Otters were the Ontario Hockey League champions. "It was a great hockey game but it just sucks to be on this end of it".

Gabe Vilardi (13) and Graham Knott (37) have the flawless positions to watch Jeremy Bracco's goal beat Erie's Troy Timpano at 16:07 of the 1st period. "A couple inches one way and it's a tie game so that's the way it goes".

The sold-out crowd of 6,500 was in it even before puck drop at the WFCU Centre, with "Go Spits Go" chants starting once the national anthems finished. In the first period, Bracco glided through that same patch of ice towards the glass, pumping his arms to further gas up an already-firing crowd after he got his team rolling with the contest's first goal.

"I think you have to have confidence and trust your abilities".

But Strome responded only 49 seconds later, beating DiPietro blocker side.

A video review was needed to determine if a distinct kicking motion was used, but the goal stood and Erie had its first lead of the game despite it appearing to be kicked in by the Otters forward. A second-period Otters lead also proved ephemeral when, on the heels of a goal from Warren Foegele that required a second look from the refs, Windsor required just 52 seconds to find the answer from Logan Stanley.

Aaron Luchuk netted the trophy-clincher 5:07 into the third period, blasting off the bench to convert a pass from Bracco, who'd attracted the attention of three Otters on the far wall. "I have chest pains right now", Laporte said. "I'm just lucky to have this opportunity".

"Posts and crossbars are my best friends", said DiPietro.

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