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London beats Saginaw 4-2 to win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy at the Western Conference Championship – London

Easton Cowan scored twice and Jackson Edward scored the winning goal with 12:37 left in the third period as the London Knights eliminated the 2024 Memorial Cup hosts in six games with a 4-2 victory in Saginaw, Michigan.

As the Spirit pushed to tie the game and stay alive, Cowan reached the puck just in front of his bench at the London blue line and fired a shot across the ice into the empty Saginaw net to seal things up with 37 seconds left in the game. game.

Jackson Edward of the London Knights scores the winning goal in Game 6 of the Western Conference Championship.

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Edward had given the Knights the lead twelve minutes earlier with a shot from the top of the right circle.

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After tying an Ontario Hockey League record with 29 shorthanded goals in 68 regular season games, Cowan scored London’s first-ever shorthanded goal in the playoffs in the 14th game of the postseason in London.

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The Knights led 1-0 after twenty minutes. Cowan’s goal came with 50 seconds left in the first period and the score remained that way until 16:43 of the second period, when a puck popped out of a scrum on the left side of the London side, right to Nashville Predators prospect Joey Willis, who made a wrist shot into the Knights net that trickled over the goal line to tie the game.

Sam O’Reilly put London ahead just 1:25 into the third period when Max McCue got a puck in front of Ruslan Gazizov and he found O’Reilly who backhanded the puck past Lalonde.

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Once again, Saginaw tied the score when Spirit defenseman Jorian Donovan cut to the Knights net and placed his own backhand over the goal line.

London responded just 48 seconds later thanks to Edward’s shot and took the match from there to the finish.

The Spirit defeated London 35-26.

Power plays were not a factor as the Knights went 0-for-1 and Saginaw went 0-for-3.

Canada wins gold at the Under-18 Hockey World Championship

A day after holding on for a 5-4 victory over Sweden in the semifinals of the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship, Team Canada came back from 3-1 down to defeat Team USA 6-4 to win gold at the tournament for the first time since 2021.

Londoner Jett Luchanko was on Team Canada and had an assist in the game and seven points in seven games overall.

Next one

London awaits the winner of the Eastern Conference Championship between the North Bay Battalion and the Oshawa Generals.

North Bay forced Game 7 with an emphatic 8-1 victory on home ice on May 6.

Game 7 takes place in Oshawa on Monday, May 6.

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