Tuesday, May 22, 2012

5/21-22 Recap: Cup hopes take hit as Oil Kings drop pair

Mark Pysyk registered a shot on goal Tuesday as Edmonton was defeated by the London Knights 4-1 in their final round robin game of the 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup. The Oil Kings, who fall to 1-2 in tournament play, are now in the tough spot of needing to defeat all three teams (tiebreaker, semifinal, final) in four nights in order to win the prestigious junior trophy.

For the second straight night, the Oil Kings fell behind early as Griffin Reinhart's failed drop pass led to a Ryan Rupert goal at 1:17. Things got tougher for the WHL champs minutes later when Pysyk was whistled for a high-sticking double minor. The Knights couldn't capitalize with the four-minute man advantage but did get another on the board shortly after as a trailing Bo Horvat batted in a Chris Tierney rebound for a 2-0 lead.

Keegan Lowe scored from the doorstep with 2.6 seconds left in the opening period, but it was all that Edmonton could muster as London would add two more goals over the final forty minutes while the OKs power play failed to connect on any of their six chances.

Edmonton will now face the loser of Wednesday's Shawinigan/Saint John tilt in the 3rd place tiebreaker game on Thursday for the right to keep playing.

On Monday, Pysyk recorded an assist as Edmonton suffered a loss 5-2 to Saint John. The Oil Kings loss created a Memorial Cup tournament first as all four teams finished their first two games with a 1-1 record.

The 6'2 Pysyk has three assists, a -3 rating, three shots on goal, and eight penalty minutes in the tourney's three games.