It wasn’t easy, but the London Knights got the job done once again. Led by two goals and an assist from top 2016 draft prospect Matthew Tkachuk and four assists from Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner, the Knights booked their ticket to Sunday MasterCard Memorial Cup final with a 5-2 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Tuesday night.
The London Knights and Brandon Wheat Kings are heading in opposite directions at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. As shown in Monday’s 9-1 victory, it seems as though nothing can stop the powerhouse Knights while the Wheat Kings can’t get anything going.
By now, we all know that Mitch Marner is one heck of a hockey player. That much was evident after he averaged more than two points per game this year in the OHL to earn both regular season and MVP honours.
It’s been called the hardest trophy to win in any sport, and for good reason. Most teams who enter the Memorial Cup go through four gruelling playoff rounds, which can last up to seven games each before switching their focus to a format where there’s no room for error.
What will it take to stop the surging London Knights? That’s what everyone else will be trying to figure out as the Knights enter the MasterCard Memorial Cup on the strongest of runs, having won an OHL record 13 straight playoff games to capture the league title.
Back in September, 60 CHL head coaches started out with the dream of seeing their teams compete at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alta.
Through nearly 100 years, the Memorial Cup has remained true to its roots. Created as…
The OHL Championship series lived up to its billing. Give the Niagara IceDogs credit for shedding the underachiever label they’ve worn for most of the season, but they finished 28 points shy of the London Knights in the standings and weren’t much of a match for the Western Conference powerhouse, falling in four straight games.
Towering in at number 25 on the ISS top 30 draft eligible players list is Windsor Spitfires defenceman and Kitchener native, Logan Stanley. From a young age, Stanley has always been bigger than the rest of his peers, and his size, combined with his skilled skating and strength in the defensive zone, enticed the Spitfires to pick him in the 2014 OHL Priority Draft (12th Overall).
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