|Schenn earned an assist in the 9-3 loss.
BRANDON, Friday, May 14, 2010 – The Windsor Spitfires scored four unanswered goals in the first five minutes of play to open the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, defeating the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-3 in front of a stunned crowd of 5,381 at the Westman Place inside the Keystone Centre.
Although the Wheat Kings made their presence felt in the opening minute of the game with several bone crunching hits, the Spitfires put the game out of reach early as Kenny Ryan, Scott Timmins, Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall all recorded markers within the first five minutes of play.
Taylor Hall scored his second goal of the night at 18:23, putting Windsor up 5-0 after the first twenty minutes.
Wheat Kings’ head coach Kelly McCrimmon gave the nod to back-up goaltender Jacob De Serres in the second period. But the change did little to disrupt the Spitfires who registered their sixth goal of the night at 1:15 courtesy of Adam Henrique.
Scott Timmins and Dale Mitchell added markers before the Wheat Kings finally got on the board thanks to a goal by winger Adam Lewadniuk. Unfortunately for the hometown Wheaties, Zach Kassian scored a late one to put the Spitfires up 9-1 after two periods.
Goal scorers in the third included Matt Calvert and Jay Fehr.
Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves to earn the win in goal for the Spitfires.
Adam Henrique was named the game’s first star, with Spitfires' defenseman Mark Cundari named the game's second star, and Hall named third star of the game.
The Wheat Kings wore commemorative jersey's in honour of the Canadian Army. The jersey's are currently available for bid online at www.mastercardmemorialcup.com .
Game two of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup hits the airwaves of Rogers Sportsnet and RDS tomorrow at 2 pm (CDT) as the WHL Champion Calgary Hitmen battle the QMJHL Champions the Moncton Wildcats.
The game can also be seen live on Sportsnet.ca and on the NHL Network in the U.S.