Kings prospect Andrei Loktionov
will live to play another day.
Loktionov and his OHL-Champion Windsor Spitfires stayed alive on Tuesday with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Kelowna and will play in the tie breaker on Thursday vs. the loser of Rimouski/Drummondville, which play Wednesday. After losing their first two games at the Memorial Cup Tournament, falling on a late shorthanded goal to Rimouski, 5-4 on Sunday, a day after falling to Drummondville on Saturday, 3-2 in OT, Windsor faced elimination on Tuesday but survived.
Taylor Hall scored the game winner in overtime and Ryan Ellis also scored as Windsor survived. Loktionov was scoreless, but is still tied for second in the Memorial Cup with two goals. Jamie Benn has five goals to lead the tournament.
“We still haven’t played our best at this Memorial Cup,” Spitfires coach Bob Boughne told the USA Today. “We didn’t play well at all (Saturday). (Sunday) we were better but not our best. It just seems like we haven’t got that goal at the right time. We’re looking for the goal at the right time but we’re not getting it.”
Rimouski tallied first at 3:18 of the second period after a scoreless first. Windsor scored the next two before Rimouski tallied three more times in the second period for a 4-2 lead. Loktionov scored his first to make it 4-3 and after Rimouski extended the lead to 5-3, Loktionov, with his second of the night, made it a one-goal game at 9:34 of the third when he banked a pass in off a skate. The Spitfires pressed for the equalizer, playing six attackers for the final 1:25, but failed to beat goaltender Maxime Gougeon.
In the opening game, Tyler Myers and Jamie Benn each had a goal and two assists as the Rockets opened the 91st MasterCard Memorial Cup with a dominant 4-1 victory over Rimouski on Friday night. On Saturday, Drummondville handed Windsor a 3-2 defeat 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.
Kelowna advanced to the Finals with a 6-4 win over Drummondville on the strength of four goals by Benn to advance to clinch a spot in the Finals on Sunday. Drummondville and Rimouski will play on Wednesday. The loser will play Windsor on Thursday in the tiebreaker game. Full schedule/standings below:
|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 vs. Drummondville ||4 p.m. PT |
|Thursday, May 21 ||Windsor vs. Drummondville/Rimouski winner ||4 p.m. PT |
|Friday, May 22 ||Semifinal: Second place vs. Third place ||4 p.m. PT |
|Sunday, May 24 ||Final: First place vs. semifinal winner ||1:30 p.m. PT |
|*All games will be televised on NHL Network. |