The Windsor Spitfires are 2017 Memorial Cup champions.
The Spitfires won their third Canadian Hockey League championship with a 4-3 victory over the Erie Otters on Sunday night at the WFCU Centre.
The victory ended a perfect run for the Spits at the Memorial Cup, going 4-0 with two wins over Erie to go along with victories over Saint John and Seattle. Windsor has now won 12 straight Memorial Cup games going back to 2012.
It was a thrilling game with both teams leading at certain points and neither leading by more than a goal.
The Otters came this close to tying it late:
Erie was understandably upset with tonight's loss, but perhaps went a little too far.
This is Windsor's first Memorial Cup championship since 2010. While the Spits' first-round elimination definitely puts a different feel on this victory, you have to give them credit. They looked fantastic in this tournament after such a long layoff.Otters goalie absolutely harpoons the camera man. Erie bench not happy about filming devastated squad. #memorialcup2017 pic.twitter.com/d1k6eR9gMu— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) May 29, 2017
The Spits are the first non-league champions to win the Memorial Cup since Shawinigan did so in 2012.
The OHL has now won three straight Memorial Cups with Windsor winning this year, London in 2016 and Oshawa in 2015.
Next year's tournament will be hosted by the Regina Pats.