2011 National Midget Championship

London Jr. Knights 4 - Vancouver NW Giants 1


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Matthew Schurr and Wyatt Coghill scored 1:21 apart early in the second period to breakopen a 1-0 game as the London Jr. Knights kept alive their chances of making the semifinals at the 2011 TELUSCup with a 4-1 win over the Vancouver North West Giants on Friday morning.

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The loss was the first of the tournament for the Giants (4-1), who had already clinched first place in theround robin, while the Jr. Knights (1-2-2) earned their first win after skating to ties in their last twogames.

Despite coming into the game as the underdogs, the Jr. Knights needed just 3:03 to open the scoring – PaulHopkins capitalized on a Giants turnover and beat Scott Legault on a breakaway to give London a surprising1-0 lead.

The Jr. Knights dominated the opening period, outshooting Vancouver 20-6, but Hopkins’ goal was the onlyone of the first 20 minutes.

It didn’t take long for London to increase its lead once the puck dropped to start the second, as Schurrmade it 2-0 just 1:37 into the period and Coghill pushed the advantage to three 81 seconds later, racing downthe left wing and blasting a shot over the glove of Legault.

The vaunted Vancouver power play, which had failed on its first two opportunities in the first period, gotthe Giants on the board just past the midway point of the second, with Sam Reinhart scoring his seventh goalof the tournament, tying him with linemate Alex Kerfoot for the tournament’s goal-scoring lead.

But London quelled the Vancouver momentum with a goal in the dying seconds of the second period off thestick of Connor Hogg, who stepped out from the corner and beat Legault.

Both teams will wait for the conclusion of play on Friday to find out their Saturday fates – London willfind out if their quest for a national championship will continue, while Vancouver will find out who they’llface in the semifinals.


Game Information
Game Number 13 Round Preliminary
Arena Mile One Centre City, Country St. John's, N.L.
Month / Day / Year 04/22/2011 Time 09:30 AM NT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
London Jr. Knights (CEN) 1 3 0 4
Vancouver NW Giants (PAC) 0 1 0 1

First Period
   03:03 CEN 14 Paul Hopkins 

   00:51 CEN 15 Stuart King (Checking to the Head)
   00:51 CEN 15 Stuart King (10-Minute Misconduct)
   04:37 CEN 2 Dylan Wilson-Foote (Tripping)

Second Period
   01:37 CEN 11 Matthew Schurr (14 Paul Hopkins, 9 Conor Carson)
   02:58 CEN 17 Wyatt Coghill (4 Marcus Gverdys, 16 Stavros Mandrapilias)
   12:22 PAC 23 Sam Reinhart (16 Jackson Houck, 14 Alex Kerfoot) PP
   19:42 CEN 10 Connor Hogg (4 Marcus Gverdys, 16 Stavros Mandrapilias)

   07:14 PAC 21 Geoffrey Soo (Tripping)
   10:50 CEN 9 Conor Carson (High Sticking)

Third Period

   01:25 CEN 3 Mike Mandarelli (Hooking)
   04:56 PAC 4 Austin Barr (High Sticking)
   09:33 PAC 10 Alex Roberts (Interference)

London Jr. Knights
1 Craig Wood On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Vancouver NW Giants
35 Scott Legault On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
London Jr. Knights 20 6 14 40
Vancouver NW Giants 6 6 13 25

Player of the Game
London Jr. Knights 6 Matthew Heffernan
Vancouver NW Giants 7 Cam Marks
Referee Todd Horwood, Darryl Butt
Lines People Tyler Hill
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