Spitting the bit?

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

RIMOUSKI, Que. -- The Windsor Spitfires dominated the Ontario Hockey League this season.

The two Quebec entries at the Memorial Cup?

Not so much.

The highly-touted Spitfires are a shocking 0-2 and one more loss from being first to go home after a 5-4 defeat to the host Rimouski Oceanic before 4,744 last night at the Rimouski Colisee.

"We've gone through a lot on and off the ice the past two years to get here," Windsor and Canadian world junior defenceman Ryan Ellis said.

"Hopefully, we can overcome this. We know it's not going to be easy."

The Spitfires must beat Western champ Kelowna tomorrow night to force a tournament tie-breaker on Thursday.

The Rockets impressively thumped the Oceanic 4-1 in the first Cup game on Friday.

In response, Rimouski head coach Clement Jodoin threw his players' jerseys on the floor yesterday morning and told them to pick them up. The Oceanic responded to the challenge.

"When you,re down on one knee, you have to pick yourself up," Jodoin said. "On Friday, we were a club. (Last night) we were a team. In this tournament, there's little room for error. You lose that second game, you still have a chance but there's more pressure."

That's where Windsor stands now.

"We have to come out and throw a defensive gem against Kelowna," Windsor coach Bob Boughner said.

"Our defensive play has been exposed here. I believe we're a defence-first team but we can't give up 13, 14, 15 chances. We were good enough to win our league but we're not good enough yet here to win the Memorial Cup."

Boughner is still looking for his first Memorial Cup victory as a player and coach. He captained winless Sault Ste. Marie in 1991.


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