Kings prospect Andrei Loktionov finished with three helpers - two in the final stanza on Dale Mitchell’s third period hat trick - to advance the Windsor Spitfires to the semifinal with a 6-4 come-from-behind victory on Thursday night.
The victory will advance the Spitfires to a semifinal match up with the Drummondville Voltigeurs today at 4 p.m. on the NHL network.
Windsor had a pair of one-goal leads in the first period as Eric Wellwood and Scott Timmins each netted their first goal of the tournament.Each time, the Oceanic countered and built a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes on goals by Sebastien Piche, Emmanuel Boudreau, Jordan Caron and Patrice Cormier.
That's when Loktionov and the Windsor offense went to work, scoring four goals, three of which were assisted by Loktionov to come back and win. Mitchell posted a natural hat trick, scoring first at 4:11 off assists from Wellwood and Loktionov. The team then scored three power-play goals, the first by Michell at 6:00 off assists from Taylor Hall and Loktionov to tie the score and then the third of Mitchell's trick at 7:44, off assists from Greg Nemisz and Ryan Ellis. The Spits added another power-play goal with one second remaining in the game, scored by Emmanuel Brodeau, with Loktionov picking up his third assist of the contest.
Mitchell's hat trick took just three minutes and 33 seconds. The record is held by Hamilton's Joe Contini in 1976, scoring three goals in one minute and 12 seconds.
Loktionov, the Kings 5th round choice, 123rd overall, in 2008, is tied for fourth in the Memorial Cup in scoring with 2-3=5.
Windsor and Drummondville have previously met in the Memorial Cup with Drummondville defeating Windsor, 3-2 in overtime with Loktionov going scoreless. Maxime Frenette backhanded in the game-winner 8:56 into overtime to lift the Voltigeurs. Philippe Lefebvre, who forced overtime with a goal at 14:07 of the third frame, put a pass to the point to Patrik Prokop, whose shot went off a skate in front right to Frenette on the right side. His high backhander into an open side left no chance for goalie Andrew Engelage.
The winner will advance to the finals vs. Kelowna, whom the Spitfires have defeated and are well rested having not played since Tuesday.
Rimouski 1-3 eliminated
|MEMORIAL CUP SCHEDULE |
|DATE ||GAME ||TIME* |
|Friday, May 15 ||Rimouski 2,. Kelowna 5 || |
|Saturday, May 16 ||Drummondville 3, Windsor 2 OT || |
|Sunday, May 17 ||Rimouski 5, Windsor 4 || |
|Monday, May 18 ||Drummondville, 4 Kelowna 6 || |
|Tuesday, May 19 ||Windsor 2, Kelowna OT || |
|Wednesday, May 20 ||Rimouski 2, Drummondville 3 OT || |
|Thursday, May 21 ||Windsor 6, Rimouski 4 || |
|Friday, May 22 ||Semifinal: Drummondville vs. Windsor ||4 p.m. PT |
|Sunday, May 24 ||Final: Kelowna vs. semifinal winner ||1:30 p.m. PT |
|*All games will be televised on NHL Network. |