4/23 Recap: Kassian's Spits order game seven

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, April 24, 2010 | 4/24/2010

Zack Kassian finished +1 with a fighting major Friday as Windsor claimed a 6-4 victory over Kitchener to even the OHL Western Conference Championship at three games apiece. Kassian saw his eight-game point streak end in the win, but will gladly look to begin another when the series is settled in Sunday's game seven showdown.

Kassian, 19, failed to produce a point for just the third time this post-season while skating on the Spitfires top line with 2010 stud Taylor Hall and New Jersey prospect Adam Henrique for the third straight game. Falling behind 2-0 early, the trio mixed excellent passing plays with pressure on successive shifts to help Windsor tie the game 2-2 midway through the first period, and ultimately gain control of game six.

The Spits would keep pouring it on en route to taking a 6-2 lead before Rangers captain Dan Kelly looked to spark his team by dropping the mitts with the 6'3, 215 pound Kassian at 12:39 of the second period. The in-tight tussle featured few connections, a good thing considering Kassian is still dinged with an upper body injury (suspected to be an elbow) suffered in Thursday's win. The scrap was the banger's second of the playoffs.

The Rangers and Spitfires will now head back down the 401 for the deciding game seven Sunday at 2:00. The winner will play the resting Barrie Colts, featuring Max Kaminsky Trophy runner-up Nick Crawford et.al., for the right to represent the OHL at the 2010 Memorial Cup.


Dave said...

Impressive to see Windsor not fold. Granted, they came from way, way back to win the Memorial Cup last year so they are no strangers to adversity nor taking things one game at a time.

Any insight into how bad is Kassian's injury?

Kris Baker said...

initially thought it was a stung shoulder after the Kelly hit, but a slight hyper-extension of elbow has been suggested. Either way, it didn't look to bother him too much in gm6.

Anonymous said...

I think Kassian could really pull a Tyler Myers and make and crack the line up next year (or for at least 9 games before being sent back down because Grier, Myers, and you could argue Kennedy made a big enough difference this year that they made the playoffs. THey weren't the only reason (it was mostly Miller), but maybe they think Kassian could make a difference

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