The Calgary Hitmen and Brandon Wheat Kings are putting up a fight, but it looks like the Windsor Spitfires are on track to take the 2010 Memorial Cup.
The Ontario Hockey League champions are undefeated (3-0) so far in the tournament and have booked a spot in the final against an opponent to be determined.
The Wheat Kings and Hitmen play today (5 PST) to determine who Windsor will face in the championship game that takes place Sunday at 4 PST.
The host Wheat Kings started the tournament with a 9-3 loss to Windsor last Friday, with Matt Calvert, Aaron Lewadniuk and Jay Fehr scoring for Brandon.
The Wheaties blanked the Quebec League champion Moncton Wildcats 4-0 in their second game, with goaltender Jacob De Serres turning in a 31 save effort.
Game three was a disaster. Facing the Hitmen on Wednesday, the Wheat Kings fell apart in a 5-1 loss.
Fehr scored the lone goal for Brandon with Kris Foucault (two), Jimmy Bubnick, Tyler Shattock and Cody Beach replying for Calgary.
Psychologically, the Wheat Kings must be wondering if they can beat the Hitmen, who dumped them in five games in the Western Hockey League playoffs.
Brandon’s last appearance at the Memorial Cup was 1995-96 and they’ve never won the year-end tournament.
Calgary opened the tournament last Saturday with a 5-4 loss to Moncton and followed with a disappointing 6-2 loss to the Spitfires.
Windsor’s roster includes Taylor Hall, a probable top-two pick in June’s National Hockey League entry draft.
Hall is second in tournament scoring with four goals and six points through three games. Calgary’s Bubnick, an Atlanta Thrashers prospect and ex-Kamloops Blazer, leads all players with three goals and eight points through three games.
Calgary has three of the top four scoring leaders in Bubnick, Foucault and Shattock.