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Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-28-17

Windsor Spitfires 4 vs Erie Otters 3

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Memorial Cup: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 1-8-9, +17, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/17 FO
Memorial Cup: 5 GP: 1-7-8, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 15-16-31, +18, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Memorial Cup: 4 GP, 5-6-11, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 12-19-31, +16, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Windsor won the 2017 Memorial Cup Sunday with a 4-3 victory over the OHL champion Otters, completing a remarkable week for the host team. The Spits were beat out of the first round of the OHL playoffs by London despite leading the Knights 3-1 in the series. The Knights later were beaten in seven games by Erie, so the difference in talent level among the three clubs was close.

On Sunday, Erie had leads of 2-1 and 3-2, but both were relinquished within about two minutes. Windsor scored early in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and the rest is history.

For the Lightning prospects, Anthony Cirelli is already signed and will turn pro next year. He’ll be a key cog in Syracuse’s season, as will Erik Cernak, who is also signed. Taylor Raddysh will return to Erie if he doesn’t make the Lightning out of camp (possible, but not probable) and he’ll be expected to be among the OHL leaders in scoring again. Keep an eye on free agent puck-moving defenseman Darren Raddysh, who could be signed by the Lightning or any other NHL club. He was the conference's top defensive-defenseman last season and offensive-defenseman this season. Taylor’s brother could join Syracuse next season if Tampa Bay signs him.