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Adam Henrique scored the winner in overtime Friday, lifting Windsor into the Memorial Cup final against the Kelowna Rockets. (Photo: Aaron Bell - CHL)
Adam Henrique scored the winner in overtime Friday, lifting Windsor into the Memorial Cup final against the Kelowna Rockets. (Photo: Aaron Bell - CHL)

Spitfires to meet Rockets in Cup final

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The one team the Kelowna Rockets have yet to beat is the one team which stands between them and the Memorial Cup championship.

The OHL Champion Windsor Spitfires won their third elimination game in four nights, beating Drummondville 3-2 in overtime in Friday's semi-final.

Adam Henrique pounced on a rebound 4:31 into the extra period to propel the Spitfires into Sunday's final against the Rockets.

Just 24-hours earlier, the Spitfires eliminated host Rimouski 6-4 in a tie-breaker.

Windsor becomes just the second team to advance from a tie-breaker to the championship game.

The Spitfires jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, getting goals from Taylor Hall and Ben Shutron.

Drummondville replied with two of their own in the middle frame off the sticks of Samson Mahbod and Yannick Riendeau.

Neither team was able to score in the third, a period dominated by the Spitfires, who outshot Drummondville 16-2 over the final 20 minutes.

Windsor held a 6-1 shots advantage in overtime before Henrique ended the game, sending the Voltigeurs packing.

The Rockets and Spitfires met during the final round robin game for both teams Tuesday.

The Spitfires won that game 2-1, keeping their championship aspirations alive.

After losing their first two round robin games, the Spitfires have been in a win or go home situation since that game against the Rockets.

The Spitfires are looking for the first Memorial Cup title in franchise history.

In their only other trip to the final, Windsor lost 7-6 to Trevor Linden and the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1988.

The Rockets meantime are looking for their second championship after beating Gatineau 2-1 back in 2004.

Sunday's final goes at 1:30 Kelowna time.


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