London Knights blank Owen Sound to open the playoffs – London


In Main Junior hockey the play of your veterans will normally decide quite a lot of your success.

The veterans of the London Knights added 60 minutes of proof to that perception.

Co-captains Sean McGurn and George Diaco and 19-year olds Max McCue and Ryan Humphrey mixed for six objectives and 9 factors as London took care of enterprise in Recreation 1 of their Western Convention quarter-final sequence with a 7-0 victory over the Owen Sound Assault.

Overage goaltender Brett Brochu added 25 saves for his first OHL playoff shutout.

McGurn recorded his first OHL hat trick. McCue scored twice and Ryan Humphrey completed out the scoring late within the third interval.

Diaco arrange each aim that he might by means of two intervals. The one one the London co-captain didn’t engineer was a penalty shot that Max McCue transformed that truly made use of a Diaco transfer. McCue went proper to the bench to have a good time with Diaco after poking to puck by means of the legs of Assault starter Corbin Votary. Diaco was almost unstoppable on penalty photographs through the common season as he scored on six of his seven makes an attempt.

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Diaco got here as shut as a participant can come to choosing up an help on the penalty shot as a result of it was his move that sprung McCue who was ultimately hooked on the play.

The penalty shot was McCue’s second of the sport. He took Diaco’s feed and snapped a shot over the shoulder of Votary to make it 2-0.

Jacob Julien opened the scoring within the first interval with as basic a playoff aim as you’ll discover. London co-captain George Diaco acquired the puck deep into the Owen Sound zone and chipped it to the precise publish the place Julien used his dimension and an entire lot of willpower to jam on the puck till it cross the aim line.

Diaco’s third help of the sport got here on a move to fellow co-captain Sean McGurn that left McGurn capable of simply deflect the puck into the Assault internet. McGurn then tipped in a Jackson Edward shot at 6:51 of the third interval and accomplished what was a pure hat trick by deflecting dwelling a Denver Barkey wrist shot on a London energy play on the 9:46 mark of interval three.

Denver Barkey had a pair of assists for the Knights and London ahead Easton Cowan was noticeable all night time. He purchased followers out of their seats skating the puck forwards and backwards from zone to zone on a 3rd interval penalty kill.

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The Knights outshot Owen Sound 42-25.

The groups will play Recreation 2 on Sunday, Apr. 2at 2 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens.

Learn extra:

OHL Playoff Preview: London vs. Owen Sound

Zach Bowen wins F.W. “Dinty” Moore Trophy

Knights rookie goaltender Zach Bowen had himself fairly the primary season within the Ontario Hockey League. The 17-year previous from Kanata, Ont., put collectively a 15-game profitable streak that ranks second all-time amongst rookie goaltenders and Bowen additionally posted a save share of .899 and a objectives towards common of three.10.

That objectives towards was the bottom amongst different first 12 months goalies and earned Bowen the F.W. “Dinty” Moore Trophy. Bowen’s goaltending accomplice Brett Brochu was the final London participant to earn the award in 2019-20.

“Dinty” Moore was from Port Colborne, Ont.,  and was the president of the Ontario Hockey Affiliation from 1942-45.

Learn extra:

OHL Playoff Preview: Western Convention matchups

London Jr. Knights transfer on at OHL Cup

The U16 London Jr. Knights have superior to the quarter-finals of the 2023 OHL Cup. Aidan Younger scored in extra time to provide London a 5-4 victory over the Whitby Wildcats. After a hard-fought victory over the Mississauga Senators earlier within the day the Jr. Knights knew {that a} win can be sufficient to place them by means of to the knockout spherical they usually took a 4-3 lead into the ultimate minute of the sport and it held till the ultimate second of the sport.

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James Henderson of the Wildcats scored on an influence play with one second remaining to tie the sport. A loss would have eradicated London however Younger got here by means of along with his fifth aim of the match to arrange a quarter-final matchup with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1.

Learn extra:

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Up subsequent

Recreation 2 between the Knights and the Assault will occur on Sunday, Apr. 2 at 2 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens.

After that the sequence will shift to Owen Sound for video games three and 4 on Tuesday, Apr. 4 and Thursday, Apr. 6.

All video games could be heard on 980 CFPL, at and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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