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“We got a big wakeup call against Kitchener being down 3-0 and then Barrie, we hadn’t beaten them in the regular season,” Wellwood said. Once we got that first game, it felt as though we weren’t going to lose. We had that confidence we weren’t going to lose again.”
The biggest scare Windsor got after that came early in the Memorial Cup opener against Brandon. Wheat Kings’ defenceman Travis Hamonic sent star forward Taylor Hall into the boards accordion style with a hit.
“On the bench, there was that feeling, when he went into the boards, that ‘Oh, this isn’t good,’” Wellwood said.
Hall was helped to the bench, but did not go to the dressing room and on his first shift back he turned a Wheat Kings’ defenceman inside out to score his first of two goals in the game in what turned into a 9-3 win for the Spitfires. Hall would go on to win his second-straight tournament MVP Award at the Memorial Cup and was the first overall pick in the NHL Draft a month later.