London Jr. Knights 4 - Vancouver NW Giants 1
LONDON HANDS VANCOUVER FIRST LOSS, KEEPS SEMIFINAL HOPES ALIVE
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.
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.
|Arena||Mile One Centre||City, Country||St. John's, N.L.|
|Month / Day / Year||04/22/2011||Time||09:30 AM NT|
|London Jr. Knights (CEN)||1||3||0||4|
|Vancouver NW Giants (PAC)||0||1||0||1|
03:03 CEN 14 Paul Hopkins
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)
|London Jr. Knights||
|Vancouver NW Giants||
|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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