Windsor going from sweep to weep

Neate Sager

Few can believe what is happening in the OHL Western Conference final — and that might include the the Kitchener Rangers.

It strains probity to pass on word the defending Memorial Cup champions are down 3-0 to Kitchener. There is no telling what can account for ...

... Windsor goalie Troy Passingham, who is probably going to be on every highlight show in Canada over next 24 hours, letting in a Gabriel Landeskog bouncer from outside the blueline for Kitchener's winning goal on Sunday.

(It's unfortunate for Passingham. By most accounts, goaltending has not been the whole issue for coach Bob Boughner's Spitfires. Both Passingham and Philipp Grubauer, who played in the first two games, apparently got little help from their friends on the back end.)

... Windsor having lost all three games despite recording 160 shots on goal, which works out to 50.5 per 60 minutes of hockey. With that workload, it's apropos Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell is nicknamed Mad Maxx.

... Kitchener's Jeremy Morin recording a natural hat trick in Game 3, less than 24 hours after leaving Game 2 of the series early due to injury.

... The Spitfires having their first three-game losing streak since 2007-08, a span of almost 200 games.

As we all learned in Playoff Clichés 101, the hardest win to get in any series is the fourth one. The upshot is even a four-game sweep would have less effect on the composition of Windsor's roster next season than being named Memorial Cup host would.