WINDSOR, Ont. - Jeremy Morin and the Kitchener Rangers have pushed the 2009 Memorial Cup champions to the brink.
Morin scored a hat trick for Kitchener as the Rangers defeated the Windsor Spitfires 5-3 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference final Sunday.
Morin scored 62 seconds into the game and added two more late in the second period to give Kitchener a 3-2 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
Adam Henrique tied the game at three with his second goal of the night on a power play 29 seconds into the third, but Gabriel Landeskog put the Rangers ahead for good with less than two minutes remaining when his wrist shot from outside the Windsor blue-line handcuffed Spitfires netminder Troy Passingham.
"I was at the end of my shift and I was tired. I started to fall down and I took a wrist shot and just wanted to get it on the net," said Landeskoh.
"I didn't see it go in and I didn't know it was a goal until I stood up and saw the net bulge."
Landeskog also had two assists, while Julian Cimadamore added an empty-netter. Leading playoff goal-scorer Jeff Skinner assisted on two of Morin's goals.
Spitfires star Taylor Hall, who had at least two points in each game through the first two rounds, was once again held to a single point by Rangers netminder Brandon Maxwell, who made 42 saves.
Zack Kassian had the other goal for Windsor, which must win four straight games to keep its hope of an OHL championship repeat alive.
Passingham, making his first career OHL playoff start, stopped 24 shots.
Game 4 is Tuesday in Kitchener, where the Rangers have a chance to complete the sweep on home ice.