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Windsor Makes Statement In Opener

Friday, 05.14.2010 / 11:22 PM ET / Memorial Cup
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Windsor Makes Statement In Opener
By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

It was an impressive first game for the defending Mastercard Memorial Cup champs.

Playing in their second straight Memorial Cup, Windsor opened the 2010 tournament in dominating fashion, posting a 9-3 victory over the tournament hosts Brandon Wheat Kings.

The game pitted both of Panthers prospects with forward Scott Timmins (two goals, assist, plus-three) getting the better of defenseman Colby Robak (minus-three).

Windsor found the back of the net early and often on the way to the win. After top draft pick in the 2010 NHL draft Taylor Hall was sent face first into the boards off a hit from Travis Hamonic less than a minute in, Windsor got going. And that was in large part due to the turnover.

A turnover in the neutral zone and Zach Kassian found Kenny Ryan on two-on-one break. Ryan beat Andrew Hayes 2:01 in. Another turnover, this time in the Brandon zone and Scott Timmins found himself wide open in front of the net for his 12th goal of the playoffs 3:25 in.

Then on a delayed penalty call, Adam Henrique took the puck up the ice and went five-hole on a rush from the left side at the 4:27 mark. Hall then got in on the action with a nifty goal as he went between his legs and around a defenseman just 18 seconds later, giving Windsor four goals in a span of 2:44.

Hall scored his second straight on a Windsor power play with 1:37 remaining in the first as he found a rebound and blasted past Hayes.

After five goals in the opening period, Brandon would make a change in goal, putting Jacob De Serres to start the second. It didn't seem to matter who was in goal as Windsor was able to score at will.

The Spitfires scored 1:15 in off another turnover when Henrique shot it high past De Serres for his second of the night. 5:32 later it was Timmins who netted his second of the game as he let one rip from the slot after Eric Wellwood circled from behind the net and fed him with the pass. Dale Mitchell made it 7-0 with 5:11 left in the second.

Brandon finally showed some life when Aaron Lewadriuk scored on a rush with Toni Rajala the very next play, eight seconds after.

Kassian would score to close out the scoring in the second with a power play goal with 3:39 left, putting Windsor up 9-1.

"We know they're a good team at home," said Timmins on Roger Sportsnet in a second intermission interview. "I think they lost like five games (at home) all year, so we wanted to take their crowd out of it early. Nine-one is kind of unexpected, but we'll take it."

Brandon was able to gather themselves and take some positives out of the game for their next game as they scored the only two goals in the third period. Matt Calvert scored 35 seconds in while John Fehr found the back of the net with 6:32 remaining to make it a final 9-3 score.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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