Rimouski, QC – Adam Henrique scored at 4:31 of overtime to give the Windsor Spitfires a 3-2 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the semi-finals of the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup on Friday night.
Henrique notched his third goal of the tournament and team leading seventh point when he slammed home a rebound past Marco Cousineau in the extra frame.
The goal spoiled the night for Cousineau who was sensational as first star of the game. He made 44 saves including a breakaway stop on Dale Mitchell in the third and then denied Greg Nemisz of the game-winner in overtime when he slid across the crease with an incredible kick save.
The Spitfires outshot the Voltigeurs 47-21 in the contest including 22-3 in the third period and overtime when it became evident that the wear and tear of a long season and playoff run had finally caught up to the injury filled QMJHL Champion Voltigeurs.
Both teams came out flying with a back and forth first period and key saves at both ends. Taylor Hall opened the scoring with his second goal of the tournament on a pretty give and go play with Mark Cundari at 15:47 of the first period. Not long after that defenceman Ben Shutron snuck in from the point and grabbed a pass from Eric Wellwood and fired a wrist shot through the legs of Cousineau to make it 2-0 at 18:02.
The Voltigeurs fought back with a determined effort sparked early in the second period by Samson Mahbod who scored just in front of the goal at 1:13 off a feed from Yannick Riendeau from behind the net. Riendeau would tie the game on the power play at 15:10 when he buried a juicy rebound off a Dmitry Kulikov point shot with a two man advantage for his second goal of the tournament. The goal was his eighth point overall, tying him with Kelowna Rockets’ forward Jamie Benn for the tournament scoring lead.
Andrew Engelage was the winning goaltender with 19 saves in the contest. Hall was named second star and Henrique was the game’s third star. The crowd of 4,576 which favoured the home side Voltigeurs, were especially appreciative of the effort by goaltender Marco Cousineau and applauded when he saluted the crowd upon receiving his first star of the game award.
The Spitfires have now won three straight games and will face the Kelowna Rockets for the MasterCard Memorial Cup in the Championship Final Sunday afternoon with puck drop slated for 4:30 pm live on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS.