Windsor Spitfires Win The Memorial Cup “Farewell To All Those Bad Playoff Beards”
Total Pro Sports – Yesterday afternoon, Memorial Cup History was made as the Windsor Spitfires became the first team ever lose their first two games of the tournament and go on to win the Championship. They beat the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets 4-1 to take the crown, the OHL’s first since the London Knights won in 2005.
After losing their first two games to Drummonville and Rimouski, Windsor needed to defeat Kelowna in their third round robin game in order to advance to a tie-break game. They would get the 2-1 victory and go on to face Rimouski for a place in the semi-finals. After defeating Drummonville in overtime, the Spits found themselves in an unlikely position, going from down and out to the Memorial Cup Finals.
Kelowna had endured a lengthy rest of four days, last playing on Tuesday when they lost to Windsor. The Spitfires would take advantage of that rust in the final game, going up 3-0 in the first and never looking back.
After a great season and dominating playoffs, the Spits looked as though they had crashed after the first couple of days of the tournament. Instead, they were only heating up, getting better as each game passed, and hitting full stride in time for the championship game. The victory puts an end to what has been an unforgettable year for the team from Windsor.
Just over a year ago, Spitfire captain Mickey Renaud passed away at the age of 19 with a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His team has since hung his sweater in their dressing room so he can still be there with them for every game. This season and the way they fought hard in the end to give it the perfect ending is a testament to their fallen teammate and friend. It also comes at a perfect time as the city of Windsor has fallen on hard times with the struggles of the auto industry.
We at TPS would once again like to congratulate the Windsor Spitfires on a terrific Memorial Cup victory and a great season all around. Good luck next year, although it is unlikely they will need it with most of their players expected to return, making them early favorites to win the OHL again.
Just one more thing now that it is all over. What is going to happen to all those terrible playoff mushaches and beards?