Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Knights Roll over Brandon at Memorial Cup

Stelio Mattheos had Brandon's only goal on Monday
The London Knights jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead and cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings at the 2016 Memorial Cup on Monday night.

  Christian Dvorak had three goals and an assist for pace the Knights offensively, while Mitch Marner added four assists.

  London jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead including Dvorak opening the scoring on the power-play 4 ½ minutes into the opening frame – the first of four power-play goals the Knights would score in the contest.

  Brandon is now 0-and-2 at the tournament, putting the Wheat Kings into a must-win situation in their final round-robin game on Wednesday night against Red Deer.

  “We need to start playing hockey.  We haven’t played close to how we can play.   We’re here for a reason, it’s not fluke,” said Brandon forward Jayce Hawryluk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We have to start showing that we can play some hockey because, right now, we haven’t done that.  Wednesday, we’re going to look to find our game and build off that.”

  “We have not got going yet,” added Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “Obviously, the losses are the most disappointing but right along with that, the fact we haven’t played well.”

  Brandon is now 7-13 all-time at the Memorial Cup, and the Wheat Kings have been outscored 27-5 in their last three meetings with OHL Champions at the tournament.

Chaff...London’s nine goals were two short of the Memorial Cup record of 11...one of those 11-goal games came in 1980, when Regina defeated the Cornwall Royals 11-2.  The Royals would recover to win the Memorial Cup that year...London has now won 15 straight games...Brandon’s scratches Monday were F Garrett Armour, F Caiden Daley and F/D Mark Matsuba...Tuesday’s game features London against Rouyn-Noranda, with the Knights having a chance to clinch first-place and a bye to Sunday’s final with a win...the formula to determine placement in the case of a three-way tie for 2nd-place would be Goals For + Goals Against divided into Goals For within games involving the tied teams. That means Brandon still would have a chance to finish second if Rouyn-Noranda loses Tuesday and the Wheat Kings beat Red Deer Wednesday by at least three goals (at least, that’s how I have it figured out).


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