Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Winterhawks take game four of the Memorial Cup

Press Release

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.

The 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 Stolarz.

Although Mac Carruth didn’t face as many shots, he made a few big saves, totalling nine in the first twenty minutes of play.

Portland 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.

The Knights then benefited from a power-play opportunity to cut Portland’s lead to one. Bo Horvat redirected a magnificent Max Domi offering past Carruth at 12:30.

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.

The 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.

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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