2011 TELUS Cup

London Jr. Knights 4 - Vancouver NW Giants 3 (OT)


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Adam Rzeszutko scored 3:34 into overtime to send the London Jr. Knights to Sunday’s gold medal game at the 2011 TELUS Cup thanks to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver North West Giants onSaturday night.

The win was London’s second in as many days over Vancouver, which was undefeated before encountering theJr. Knights. London needed Friday’s victory to squeeze into the semifinals as the No. 4 team, and became the first one-win team to beat the top-ranked team in the semifinals in the tournament’s 33-year history.

The Jr. Knights will face Winnipeg in Sunday’s gold medal game (4 p.m. NT), while the Giants will play LacSt-Louis for bronze (10 a.m. NT).

London carried the momentum from Friday’s win into the early stages of Saturday’s showdown, taking a 2-0lead after the first period on goals from Stuart King and captain Wyatt Coghill. King and Coghill each also added an assist in the opening frame.

Vancouver got on the board when Jackson Houck snapped a shot past tournament Top Goaltender Craig Wood five minutes into the second period, and TELUS Cup MVP Alex Kerfoot evened the game at 2-2 at 14:11, going top shelf on Wood for his eighth goal of the tournament.

London regained the lead when Rzeszutko set up Nicholas Erb for his first of the tournament early in the third period, but the Giants’ deadly power play converted for the 15th time, this time off the stick of Houck, who tipped home a cross-crease pass from Kerfoot, to tie the game and force the extra period.

Unlike Saturday’s early semifinal between Winnipeg and Lac St-Louis, which required a second overtime, Rzeszutko finished the game for London early, his shot beating Vancouver net minder Daniel Cotton on the short side to put the Central Region champions in the gold medal game in their first-ever appearance at the national championship.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 17 Round/Ronde Semi-Final
Arena/Aréna Mile One Centre Location/Lieu St. John's, N.L.
Date Saturday, April 23, 2011 Time/Heure 7:00 PM NT


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 OT 1 Total
London Jr. Knights (CEN) 2 0 1 0 4
Vancouver NW Giants (PAC) 1 2 0 0 3


OT 1/Prolongation
Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

   11:26 CEN 15 Stuart King (17 Wyatt Coghill)
   14:53 CEN 17 Wyatt Coghill (15 Stuart King, 7 Adam Rzeszutko)

   01:06 PAC 21 Geoffrey Soo (Hooking)

Second Period/Deuxième période

   05:18 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (22 Mitch Fyffe, 7 Cam Marks)
   14:11 PAC 14 Alex Kerfoot (8 Scott Patterson)

   08:39 CEN 12 Brett Dyck (Hooking)
   15:48 PAC 12 Taylor Tanti (Tripping)

Third Period/Troisième période

   06:43 CEN 13 Nicholas Erb (7 Adam Rzeszutko)
   09:19 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (14 Alex Kerfoot, 23 Sam Reinhart) PP

   08:51 CEN 6 Matthew Heffernan (Inter. on Goaltender)
   10:08 CEN 11 Matthew Schurr (Cross Checking)
   15:43 CEN 15 Stuart King (Tripping)

   03:34 CEN 7 Adam Rzeszutko (14 Paul Hopkins)



Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
London Jr. Knights (CEN) 1 Craig Wood
Vancouver NW Giants (PAC) 1 Daniel Cotton


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 OT 1 Total
London Jr. Knights (CEN) 11 7 7 2 27
Vancouver NW Giants (PAC) 6 7 14 0 27
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