The London Knights, with Boston Bruins prospect Jared Knight on the roster, defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 in their last game of the first round at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Ryan Rupert got things started for the Knights early in the first period, scoring at 1:17 with an assist by twin brother Matt. London also got the first power play of the night, a four-minute advantage when the Oil Kings’ Mark Pysyk was called for high-sticking, but they couldn’t cash in on it. A few minutes later, though, Bo Horvat extended the Knights’ lead to two. Things started getting a little gritty in the first period and the penalty boxes got busy as Knights and Oil Kings both spent time sitting and feeling shame. But even with all those advantageous chances, neither team could convert–at all.
Keegan Lowe got the Oil Kings on the board right before the period ended, though that would be it for Edmonton.
In a second period marked mostly by more penalties, including a too many men call on the Knights, the only goal was provided by the Knights’ Greg McKegg, who has a fun name to say aloud. London held on tight to that lead, not allowing Edmonton any more and adding an empty-net goal from Austin Watson (another fun name to say aloud).
Knight did not make his way onto the score sheet, though he did take three faceoffs. He won just one, but then he is a right-wing, whereas centers like McKegg and Watson handled most draws.
With this win, the Knights leave the round-robin part of the Memorial Cup with a 2-1 record. Now is when things get a little confusing–if Saint John wins the next game, then London earns a spot in the Championship Final game on May 27. If Shawinigan wins the next game, London will play in the Championship Semifinal game on May 25. Either way, there will be a tiebreaker game involving Edmonton and the loser of the next game. All four teams created a 1-1 record, for the first time in Memorial Cup history, and the tiebreaker has become very important.
Stay tuned–this next game will be a big one.
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