The Portland Winterhawks’ offence came to life, registering six goals to
help them take game four of the MasterCard Memorial Cup by defeating
the London Knights 6-3 at the Credit Union Centre.
Winterhawks opened the scoring at 16:53 of the first period. Taylor
Leier let a shot go from the point that got past a screened Anthony
Although Mac Carruth didn’t face as many shots, he made a few big saves, totalling nine in the first twenty minutes of play.
recorded their second goal of the contest at 2:17 of the second period.
Oliver Bjorkstrand came out from behind the net and wristed a shot in
the top part of the net.
Ty Rattie split two London defenders
before making a beautiful toe-drag move and backhanding the puck into
the net just past the halfway point of the second period. The three-goal
lead would last less than fifteen seconds as defenseman Scott
Harrington scored his first goal of the tournament.
then benefited from a power-play opportunity to cut Portland’s lead to
one. Bo Horvat redirected a magnificent Max Domi offering past Carruth
London erased the three-goal deficit on an Alex
Broadhurst marker at 1:48 of the third period. The forward pounced on a
juicy rebound and flipped the puck into the opposing net.
Winterhawks took the lead back at 6:20 on a goal by Derrick Pouliot.
Twenty-three seconds later, Chase De Leo put Portland up 5-3 with his
first goal of the tournament. The goal prompted Knights head coach Dale
Hunter to call upon his backup netminder, Jake Patternson, to try to
change the game’s momentum.
Unfortunately for the Knights, they
were unable to register a second comeback. The Winterhawks added an
empty-net goal to complete the scoring.
Game five of the 2013
MasterCard Memorial Cup will see the London Knights take on the Halifax
Mooseheads. The game can be seen live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports
starting at 8 pm ET / 9 pm AT.
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