TWO-GOAL COMEBACK GIVES JR. KNIGHTS FIRST POINT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. – Connor Hogg scored on a power play early in the third period to tie the game as the London Jr. Knights earned their first point of the 2011 TELUS Cup with a 2-2 draw against theWinnipegThrashers on Wednesday afternoon.
Hogg picked up a loose puck in the slot and roofed a shot over the shoulder of Winnipeg goaltender Teagan Sacher to keep the Central Region champions alive in the hunt for a semifinal spot; an 0-3 start would have severely 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 themselves in penalty trouble early against the Thrashers (1-1-1), taking six minor penalties in the opening 20 minutes and giving 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's game-tying marker 5:26 into the third.
The Jr. Knights pressed for the game-winner after Hogg's goal, but were turned away time and time again by Sacher, who made 12 of his 30 saves in the third period. His counterpart in the London goal, Craig Wood,also stopped 30 shots.
London returns to action in Thursday's early game when it takes on the Halifax Titans at noon NT, while the Thrashers 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/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||8||Round/Ronde||Preliminary|
|Arena/Aréna||Mile One Centre||Location/Lieu||St. John's, N.L.|
|Date||Wednesday, April 20, 2011||Time/Heure||3:30 PM NT|
|Winnipeg Thrashers (WST)||2||0||0||2|
|London Jr. Knights (CEN)||0||1||1||2|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
|Third Period/Troisième période|
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Halifax Titans (ATL)||35 Teagan Sacher|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis (QUE)||1 Craig Wood|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Halifax Titans (ATL)||13||12||7||32|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis (QUE)||7||12||13||32|