2011 National Midget Championship

Winnipeg Thrashers 2 - London Jr. Knights 2


ST. JOHN'S, N.L. – Connor Hogg scored on a power play early in the third period to tie the game astheLondon Jr. Knights earned their first point of the 2011 TELUS Cup with a 2-2 draw against theWinnipegThrashers on Wednesday afternoon.

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Hogg picked up a loose puck in the slot and roofed a shot over the shoulder of Winnipeg goaltenderTeaganSacher to keep the Central Region champions alive in the hunt for a semifinal spot; an 0-3 start wouldhaveseverely hampered their chances for a final four berth.

Just as they did in a 5-3 loss to St. John's on Tuesday night, the Jr. Knights (0-2-1) found themselvesinpenalty trouble early against the Thrashers (1-1-1), taking six minor penalties in the opening 20 minutesandgiving up a pair of power play goals – to Morgan Winchar and Lyrik Friesen.

But London took just three penalties over the last 40 minutes, and pulled to within one when Hogg setupMike Mandarelli for the 2-1 goal with 2:30 remaining in the second period, setting up Hogg'sgame-tyingmarker 5:26 into the third.

The Jr. Knights pressed for the game-winner after Hogg's goal, but were turned away time and time againbySacher, who made 12 of his 30 saves in the third period. His counterpart in the London goal, Craig Wood,alsostopped 30 shots.

London returns to action in Thursday's early game when it takes on the Halifax Titans at noon NT, whiletheThrashers try for a second win when they face the host St. John's Privateers in the day's late game at 7p.m.NT.


Game Information
Game Number 8 Round Preliminary
Arena Mile One Centre City, Country St. John's, N.L.
Month / Day / Year 04/20/2011 Time 03:30 PM NT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Winnipeg Thrashers (WST) 2 0 0 2
London Jr. Knights (CEN) 0 1 1 2

First Period
   11:48 WST 14 Morgan Winchar (37 Connor Lockhart, 8 Tyler Kauk) PP
   19:29 WST 19 Lyrik Friesen (20 Dylan Kuczek) PP

   01:42 WST 19 Lyrik Friesen (High Sticking)
   04:20 CEN 4 Marcus Gverdys (Holding)
   05:50 CEN 3 Mike Mandarelli (Slashing)
   10:00 CEN 11 Matthew Schurr (Slashing)
   10:45 CEN 15 Stuart King (Tripping)
   16:32 WST 7 Riley Kuryk (High Sticking)
   19:10 CEN 16 Stavros Mandrapilias (Roughing)
   20:00 WST 12 Rory Court (Elbowing)
   20:00 CEN 6 Matthew Heffernan (Interference)

Second Period
   17:30 CEN 3 Mike Mandarelli (10 Connor Hogg, 2 Dylan Wilson-Foote)

   05:11 CEN 9 Conor Carson (Tripping)
   07:12 WST 6 Ryan Leaf (Interference)
   12:41 CEN 7 Adam Rzeszutko (Holding)
   13:04 WST 11 Regan Stire (Hooking)
   13:04 CEN 2 Dylan Wilson-Foote (Holding Opp. Stick)

Third Period
   05:26 CEN 10 Connor Hogg (3 Mike Mandarelli, 6 Matthew Heffernan) PP

   04:25 WST 11 Regan Stire (Tripping)

Winnipeg Thrashers
35 Teagan Sacher On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
London Jr. Knights
1 Craig Wood On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Winnipeg Thrashers 13 12 7 32
London Jr. Knights 7 12 13 32

Referee Todd Horwood
Lines People Darryl Butt, Brian Lambert
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