Memorial Cup Update: 05.23.12

BostonBruins.com – Boston Bruins prospect Jared Knight and the London Knights clinched a spot in the Memorial Cup semifinals with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings Tuesday night.

Forward Austin Watson, a 2010 first round pick of the Nashville Predators, was named the game’s first star after scoring his second goal of the tournament. London goaltender Michael Houser, the OHL Most Outstanding Player of the Year, allowed only one goal on 21 shots faced.

The Knights opened up scoring just over a minute into the first period, as Matt Rupert capitalized on an Edmonton turnover and found his brother Ryan open in the crease. London added another goal later in the period on a fast-break rebound off the stick of Bo Horvat.

Coming off a 5-2 loss to Saint John, the WHL champion Oil Kings could not generate any offense with the man advantage and were 0-6 on the power play. Edmonton was also outshot 14-8 in the first period, and 28-21 for the game.

Jared Knight, the Bruins 32nd overall pick in 2010 who has been hampered by a nagging ankle injury, registered two shots but did not appear on the score sheet for the victorious Knights.  

The final round-robin game of the tournament is at 7 pm on May 23, as Saint John faces off against Shawinigan. If Saint John wins, the Knights will receive an automatic bye to the Championship game on Sunday, May 27. If Shawinigan wins, London will play in the semifinal game on May 25 against the winner of the tiebreaker game between Saint John and Edmonton.

-Travis Basciotta

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