2017 Memorial Cup: TV schedule, start times and scores
Four Blackhawks prospects will play in Canada’s major junior tournament.
The 2017 Memorial Cup begins Friday with the round robin round in Windsor, Ontario. One game is played per day and the six round robin games run from May 19-24. Thursday, May 25 is set aside for a tiebreak game, if necessary to settle which team is knocked out of the first round. If no tiebreaker is required, the day will serve as an off day.
This year’s major junior tournament features the host Windsor Spitfires, Ontario League champion Erie Otters, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Saint John Sea Dogs and Western Hockey League champion Seattle Thunderbirds.
It’s the first time since 2007 that two U.S. teams will play in the tournament. Neither Erie nor Seattle have won the tournament, but Saint John and Windsor have. The Spitfires won in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 while the Sea Dogs captured the championship the following year.
The Chicago Blackhawks will have four prospects competing in the tournament: Alex DeBrincat (Erie), Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel (Saint John) and Graham Knott (Windsor).
Memorial Cup schedule
All games will be on NHL Network in the U.S. All Times CST.
Friday, May 19 – Windsor 3, Saint John 2
Windsor took a 3-0 lead before Saint John scored two goals to tie in the last three minutes, including Noel’s power-play goal. The Spitfires held on for the win after Highmore missed a wide-open net to tie the game.
Saturday, May 20 – Erie 4, Seattle 2
DeBrincat had a goal and assist to lead Erie to a 4-2 win over Seattle.
Sunday, May 21 – Windsor 7, Seattle 1
Knott had two goals and an assist to lead Windsor to a 7-1 victory over Seattle. After bowing out in the first round of the OHL Playoffs, the Spitfires are off to a 2-0 start in the tournament, becoming the first host team to do so since 2007.
Monday, May 22 – Erie 12, Saint John 5
DeBrincat had a goal and three assists in Erie’s 12-5 win over Saint John. Highmore and Noel were both held without a point.
Tuesday, May 23 – Saint John 7, Seattle 0
Highmore had two assists and Noel had one for the Sea Dogs in their first win of the tournament.
Wednesday, May 24 – Windsor 4, Erie 2
DeBrincat and Knott were both scoreless.
Friday, May 26 – Semifinal: Erie 6, Saint John 3
DeBrincat had three assists to help the Otters advance to Sunday’s championship final. Highmore had an assist for Saint John.
Sunday, May 28 – Championship: Windsor 5, Erie 4
Knott scored the game-tying goal then Aaron Luchuk added the game-winner for a 5-4 victory over Erie to claim the Memorial Cup. DeBrincat had an assist in the loss.