London Knights Force Niagara IceDogs to Brink with 4-1 Win
The battle of the Boston Bruins prospects continues in Ontario with the OHL Championship Series between the London Knights and Niagara IceDogs, but with the results of Game 4 in mind, the duel could be over soon. The Knights, featuring 2010 Bruins draftee Jared Knight, beat the IceDogs, featuring 2011 Bruins draftee Dougie Hamilton, 4-1 in Game 4 to extend their lead in the series and put the IceDogs on the brink of elimination.
Knight and the Hamilton brothers were kept off the scoresheet this time–though Dougie did take two penalties in the second period–but another pair of brothers, the Rupert twins, provided some of the Knights’ offense. Ryan opened the scoring on a goal assisted by Max Domi and brother Matt.
London built on its lead with a goal by Vladislav Namestnikov (a Tampa Bay Lightning draftee) that was assisted by Austin Watson and Olli Maatta. A few minutes later, Chris Tierney extended the Knights’ lead to three. Myles Doan struck with the IceDogs’ only goal of the night early in the third, denying Michael Houser the shutout, but Niagara just couldn’t overcome the deficit. Finally, Matt Ryan got helpers from Maatta and Ryan Rupert to score the last goal of the night.
The winner of this series goes to the Memorial Cup tournament, which is played between the champions of the OHL, Quebec’s QMJHL, Western Canada’s WHL and a host city team. All three of the junior leagues have yet to determine a champion, but the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes are the host team. Right now, the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rimouski Oceanic are fighting for the QMJHL championship, while out west the Edmonton Oil Kings and Portland Winterhawks duke it out for the WHL title.
Game 5 in this series will be on May 11 in London.