Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Logan Brown's Three-Point Effort Helps Windsor Beat Seattle at Memorial Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Logan Brown's Three-Point Effort Helps Windsor Beat Seattle at Memorial Cup

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Quick surge lifts Spitfires over Thunderbirds

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WINDSOR, Ont. - The Windsor Spitfires look like they belong with the best.

Logan Brown capped three goals in a 38-second span and added two assists as Windsor toppled the Western Hockey League champion Seattle Thunderbirds 7-1 on Sunday for its second straight win at the Memorial Cup.

The Spitfires were bounced by the London Knights in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League's post-season and went 44 days without game action prior to playing for the Canadian Hockey League's biggest prize.

They got their spot in the Memorial Cup as hosts rather than league champions, but have beaten two of the three CHL champions in round-robin action.

"We're here to play," said Brown. "People may not have confidence in us with us losing in the first round but we want to prove it, we want to win it.

"We're a great team, put in all the effort, month and a half we were grinding and we want to prove people wrong."

Brown and his linemates were a force on Sunday. Left-winger Graham Knott potted a pair with an assist and right-winger Jeremy Bracco added a goal and a helper as the trio combined for eight points.

"My line was generating a lot of offence, causing turnovers, (Jeremy) and (Logan) were unbelievable and made it easy for me," said Knott.

"We just compliment each other, (Jeremy) is a great passer, me and (Logan) can work down low, our chemistry is getting a lot better and hopefully we can continue."

The Spitfires, at worst, are guaranteed a spot in the semifinal. Seattle has to win its next game against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Saint John Sea Dogs (0-1) just to force a tie-breaker scenario, or its season is over.

Windsor opened its tournament with a 3-2 win over the Sea Dogs. Seattle fell 4-2 to the OHL champion Erie Otters (1-0) in its first game.

"There's not one player in there satisfied just to be here, for various reasons we're not playing our best," said Thunderbirds coach Steve Konowalchuk. …

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