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Jeremy Bracco: Jeremy Bracco helps Windsor win Memorial Cup

2017 Memorial Cup Final Jeremy Bracco: Jeremy Bracco helps Windsor win Memorial Cup
Vera Richards | 30 May, 2017, 05:27

The OHL was guaranteed a Memorial Cup when the Erie Otters defeated QMJHL champion Saint John in the tournament's semi-final; the Otters met fellow Western Conference team Windsor-who was eliminated in the OHL conference quarter-finals by the London Knights-in the Memorial Cup championship game.

A fantastic Mastercard Memorial Cup final was bookended by a touch of brilliance from Bracco, who registered a goal and two assists in the Windsor Spitfires' 4-3 win over the Erie Otters on Sunday night at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

Windsor Spitfires centre Logan Brown (21) hits Erie Otters defenseman TJ Fergus (25) during first period Memorial Cup final hockey action in Windsor, Ontario, on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Erie headed to the power play early in the second period with a chance to take the lead: it didn't take long for the Otters to strike, as Warren Foegele redirected Strome's shot with the skate to put Erie up 2-1.

The Spitfires become the tenth host team to hoist the Memorial Cup since 1983 and first since the Shawinigan Cataractes did so in 2012. The 19-year-old led the league with 65 goals, 62 assists and 127 points in 63 regular-season games.

"I think it comes down to Mikey (DiPietro) in the net", Bracco said of the Windsor goaltender, who made 32 saves in the win.

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Gabe Vilardi (13) and Graham Knott (37) have the ideal positions to watch Jeremy Bracco's goal beat Erie's Troy Timpano at 16:07 of the 1st period.

The Otters led 3-2 in the second period, but Timpano gave up the final two goals of the contest.

"We had our opportunities", said Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch after his club outshot Windsor 35-22.

"This is an incredible thing what these guys have done", said Spitfires head coach Rocky Thompson, who becomes the first CHL head coach to win a Memorial Cup without having ever won a league playoff series. "Everyone wants that big cup". No one really had a favourite player as the common answer was "the whole team, they're all really good".

Windsor's lead only lasted 48 seconds, however, as Dylan Strome scored his seventh goal of the tournament to tie the game at one. The 20-year-old Strome deserves the chance to put his feet up and relax for a bit. Windsor's win this season wasn't as turnkey as the 2009 and 2010 wins - it took work from Day 1 as the team battled injuries and found the right complementary pieces for a team in a league where seemingly everyone thought they were a contender. The native of Amherstburg went 4-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a.932 save percentage.

Few players can brag about having won world junior gold (which Bracco did with the United States this past winter) and a Memorial Cup in the same season.

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