London Knights Lose 6-2 to Shawinigan Cataractes at Memorial Cup
Boston Bruins prospect Jared Knight and the London Knights came into this Memorial Cup game with the host Shawinigan Cataractes coming off a 5-3 victory. But they couldn’t put together two wins in a row and fell 6-2 to the surprisingly powerful home team.
The first period started with Shawinigan outshooting London by a fairly wide margin at first, but the Knights were the first on the board with a goal by Josh Henderson. The home team kept working, though, and found the back of the net six minutes later to tie up the game. From there, the Cataractes (fun trivia: they’re named for a waterfall near Shawinigan) opened up their lead in the second period, scoring at 57 seconds in and adding an unassisted shorthanded goal midway through the period. London fought back to add another goal while on the power play less than a minute later, so soon still that the public address announcer wasn’t finished announcing the details of the Shawinigan goal.
The Knights seem rather similar to the Bruins in one way: their power plays are not always beneficial for them. Shawinigan scored while shorthanded, just as Saint John did twice in the first game. Sure, London did put up one power play goal, but they had six opportunities total.
But that would be the end of it for the Knights and the Cataractes would just continue to put them away: another unassisted goal early in the third, a power play goal later on and an empty net to put the cherry on top in front of a crowd that hadn’t seen their team play in about a month. Knight was kept off the score sheet entirely. Tensions got a bit heated, like the atmosphere in the un-insulated Bionest Centre, near the end of the game: five different players, two Cataractes and three Knights, were each called for roughing at the exact same time after Shawinigan was dinged for having too many men on the ice.
Two interesting aspects about watching CHL games:
1. They don’t end a power play as soon as someone on the advantageous team scores, unlike in the NHL, where the 1950s Montreal Canadiens were so skilled at scoring multiple goals on the same PP that the league instituted a rule against that in 1957.
2. Whenever the referees need to call upstairs, viewers at home can listen in on both sides of the phone call, see the goal judge watching video footage, hear the referee explaining what happened, et cetera. This might actually be an interesting idea to deploy in the NHL–people like seeing behind-the-scenes stuff and it could demystify the process of officiating, as well as provide some accountability.
Next up for the Knights is a meeting with the Edmonton Oil Kings on May 22.
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