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Windsor defeats Erie to win Memorial Cup

Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco has goal, two assists in victory

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

WINDSOR, Ontario -- Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Jeremy Bracco had a goal and two assists to help the Windsor Spitfires to a 4-3 win against the Erie Otters in the Memorial Cup championship game at WFCU Centre on Sunday.

It was the first Memorial Cup championship game between two Ontario Hockey League teams since the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the Peterborough Petes in 1993. Erie qualified as the OHL champion; Windsor got an automatic bid as host.

The Spitfires became the first team to lose in the first-round of their league playoffs and win the Memorial Cup. They had 44 days off after losing in seven games to the London Knights, then went 4-0 against the champions of the OHL, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League.

Bracco's power-play goal gave Windsor a 1-0 lead at 16:07 of the first period, but Arizona Coyotes draft pick Dylan Strome tied the game 48 seconds later.

The Maple Leafs selected Bracco in the second round (No. 61) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele put the Otters ahead with a power-play goal - the first lead change in the eight-game tournament - but Winnipeg Jets draftee Logan Stanley needed 52 seconds to tie the game with a shot from the point.

T.J. Fergus gave Erie a 3-2 lead at 12:41 of the second, scoring from the point on its 10th shot of the period to one for Windsor. Fergus took a penalty on the next shift, and Chicago Blackhawks draft pick Graham Knott made it 3-3 at 14:53.

Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat hit the post during an Erie power play early in the third period, and center Aaron Luchuk put Windsor ahead 4-3 at 5:07 off a pass from Bracco.

Windsor goalie Mike DiPietro made a point-blank save on Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli with 11.3 seconds left in the third period.

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