The road to now: London Knights’ all-time Memorial Cup record (so far)

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Here’s a look back at all 23 Memorial Cup games in London Knights history heading into Sunday’s championship game. Their all-time record at the tournament is 15-8 (including 3-0 so far in Saginaw)


2024

At Saginaw, Michigan

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London Knights defenceman Oliver Bonk hugs goalie Michael Simpson after a 5-4 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Memorial Cup in Saginaw, Mich. on May 27, 2024. (Eric Young/CHL)

May 29: KNIGHTS 4, Saginaw 2. Easton Cowan scored the winner with 1:25 left in regulation, then added an empty netter.

May 27: KNIGHTS 5, Moose Jaw 4. London struck for three goals in the second period, then held off a furious Warriors rally late.

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May 25: KNIGHTS 4, Drummondville 0. London started strong with a Michael Simpson shutout while Ruslan Gazizov scored twice


2016

At Red Deer’s Enmax Centrium

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Max Jones hoists the trophy after the London Knights won the Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alberta on May 29, 2016. (Getty Images)

May 29: KNIGHTS 3, Rouyn-Noranda 2 (OT) Matthew Tkachuk was credited with the overtime winner, although many still believe it tipped off Christian Dvorak in front. Anyway, London won its second Cup.

May 24: KNIGHTS 5, Rouyn-Noranda 2. Max Jones’s shorthanded beauty late in the second period held the Huskies at bay in a penalty-filled contest.

May 23: KNIGHTS 9, Brandon 1. Dvorak scored a hat trick – one goal in every period – to trigger the most lopsided win in London’s Cup history.

May 20: KNIGHTS 6, Red Deer 2. The co-captains led the way. Mitch Marner racked up two goals and five points, while Dvorak scored a pair and had four points.


2014

At London’s Budweiser Gardens (Forgettable 0-3 record on home ice)

May 21: Guelph 7, KNIGHTS 2. The Storm romped with a hat trick from Scott Kosmachuk and two goals from pesky Tyler Bertuzzi to end London’s season after knocking them out of the OHL playoffs. The Knights became the second host team to finish 0-3.

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May 18: Edmonton 5, KNIGHTS 2. The eventual champion Oil Kings got two goals each from cup MVP Edgars Kulda and Luke Bertolucci. Defencemen Alex Basso and Dakota Mermis replied for London.

May 16: Val d’Or 1, KNIGHTS 0. Leafs prospect Antoine Bibeau made 51 saves, including one on Bo Horvat’s third-period penalty shot. Red Wings Anthony Mantha provided the only goal, in the first period.


2013

At Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre (2-3 record)

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Halifax Mooseheads player Austyn Hardie (centre) is sandwiched by London Knights players Chris Tierney (left) and Alex Broadhurst at the Memorial Cup on May 21, 2013 in Saskatoon, Sask. (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix)

May 24: Portland 2, KNIGHTS 1. Olli Maatta had a great chance in the dying seconds, but Ty Rattie’s third-period winner held up to bounce London in the semis.

May 23: KNIGHTS 6, Saskatoon 1. Six different London scorers chased Blades starter Andrey Makarov as the OHL champs ended the host team’s season.

May 21: Halifax 9, KNIGHTS 2. London is no match for the Mooseheads, who get a hat trick from hard-shooting Martin Frk. Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon each added three assists to hand the Knights their worst Cup loss.

May 20: Portland 6, KNIGHTS 3. Ty Rattie scored twice and Derrick Pouliot provided the third-period winner as London’s goaltending and defensive woes begin. But they got a highlight-reel goal on a Bo Horvat-Max Domi connection.

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May 17: KNIGHTS 3, Saskatoon 2. Blades forward Josh Nicholls scored twice, but big Russian d-man Nikita Zadorov buried the third-period winner in front of 10,203 fans.


2012

At Shawinigan’s Centre Bionest (2-2 record. This one has stung for years)

May 27: Shawinigan 2, KNIGHTS 1 (OT). Russian Anton Zlobin scored both Cataractes goals and earned free poutine for life by delivering Shawinigan’s first title. The hosts became the second team in history (after Windsor in 2009) to win the Cup after playing in the tiebreaker game.

May 22: KNIGHTS 4, Edmonton 1. London’s penalty kill shut down six Oil Kings chances with the man advantage and Bo Horvat’s first period tally stood up as the winner.

May 20: Shawinigan 6, KNIGHTS 2. Defenceman Brandon Gormley torched London from the back end and Cup MVP Michael Chaput had a three-point outing in a sign of things to come.

May 19: KNIGHTS 5, Saint John 3. The Rupert twins announced their arrival in Quebec and aggravated Jonathan Huberdeau immediately. Vladislav Namestnikov led the offence with two goals.


2005

At London’s John Labatt Centre (4-0 record. Season-long domination ended in home city’s jubilation)

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London Knights players celebrate their Memorial Cup win over the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday May 29, 2005 at London’s John Labatt Centre. (File photo)

May 29: KNIGHTS 4, Rimouski 0. Danny Fritsche scored the eventual game-winning goal in the first after Corey Perry was punched in the head and Adam Dennis stopped 27 shots to subdue Sidney Crosby and friends. The win ended London’s 40-year title drought and capped one of the greatest seasons in junior hockey.

May 26: KNIGHTS 5, Ottawa 2. London gave up the first goal for the second straight game, but powered to four straight goals to put away the 67’s. Corey Perry and Dylan Hunter had a goal and assist each.

May 23: KNIGHTS 4, Kelowna 2. Drew Larman and Corey Perry each scored twice to send Shea Weber and the tired Western champs (who had lost to Ottawa in double overtime the day before) into a tailspin.

May 21: KNIGHTS 4, Rimouski 3. D-man Marc Methot scored twice, including the overtime winner, as London rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to sink the Oceanic. Corey Perry had two assists.

rpyette@postmedia.com

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