2011 National Midget Championship

London Jr. Knights 4 - Vancouver NW Giants 3 (OT)


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Adam Rzeszutko scored 3:34 into overtime to send the London Jr. Knights to Sunday’sgold medal game at the 2011 TELUS Cup thanks to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver North West Giants onSaturday night.

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The win was London’s second in as many days over Vancouver, which was undefeated before encountering theJr. Knights. London needed Friday’s victory to squeeze into the semifinals as the No. 4 team, and became thefirst one-win team to beat the top-ranked team in the semifinals in the tournament’s 33-year history.

The Jr. Knights will face Winnipeg in Sunday’s gold medal game (4 p.m. NT), while the Giants will play LacSt-Louis for bronze (10 a.m. NT).

London carried the momentum from Friday’s win into the early stages of Saturday’s showdown, taking a 2-0lead after the first period on goals from Stuart King and captain Wyatt Coghill. King and Coghill each alsoadded an assist in the opening frame.

Vancouver got on the board when Jackson Houck snapped a shot past tournament Top Goaltender Craig Woodfive minutes into the second period, and TELUS Cup MVP Alex Kerfoot evened the game at 2-2 at 14:11, goingtop shelf on Wood for his eighth goal of the tournament.

London regained the lead when Rzeszutko set up Nicholas Erb for his first of the tournament early in thethird period, but the Giants’ deadly power play converted for the 15th time, this time off the stick ofHouck, who tipped home a cross-crease pass from Kerfoot, to tie the game and force the extra period.

Unlike Saturday’s early semifinal between Winnipeg and Lac St-Louis, which required a second overtime,Rzeszutko finished the game for London early, his shot beating Vancouver netminder Daniel Cotton on the shortside to put the Central Region champions in the gold medal game in their first-ever appearance at thenational championship.


Game Information
Game Number 17 Round Semifinal
Arena Mile One Centre City, Country St. John's, N.L.
Month / Day / Year 04/23/2011 Time 07:00 PM NT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3     OT1   Total
London Jr. Knights (CEN) 2 0 1 1 4
Vancouver NW Giants (PAC) 0 2 1 0 3

First Period
   11:26 CEN 15 Stuart King (17 Wyatt Coghill)
   14:53 CEN 17 Wyatt Coghill (15 Stuart King, 7 Adam Rzeszutko)

   01:06 PAC 21 Geoffrey Soo (Hooking)

Second Period
   05:18 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (22 Mitch Fyffe, 7 Cam Marks)
   14:11 PAC 14 Alex Kerfoot (8 Scott Patterson)

   08:39 CEN 12 Brett Dyck (Hooking)
   15:48 PAC 12 Taylor Tanti (Tripping)

Third Period
   06:43 CEN 13 Nicholas Erb (7 Adam Rzeszutko)
   09:19 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (14 Alex Kerfoot, 23 Sam Reinhart) PP

   08:51 CEN 6 Matthew Heffernan (Inter. on Goaltender)
   10:08 CEN 11 Matthew Schurr (Cross Checking)
   15:43 CEN 15 Stuart King (Tripping)

   03:34 CEN 7 Adam Rzeszutko (14 Paul Hopkins)


London Jr. Knights
1 Craig Wood On 1/00:00 Off 4/3:34
Vancouver NW Giants
1 Daniel Cotton On 1/00:00 Off 4/3:34

Shots on Goal   1     2     3     OT1   Total
London Jr. Knights 11 7 7 2 27
Vancouver NW Giants 6 7 14 0 27

Player of the Game
London Jr. Knights 15 Stuart King
Vancouver NW Giants 22 Mitch Fyffe
Referee Chris Bishop
Lines People Mike Winslow, Brian Lambert
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