London Knights: Back in time — May 20

This is part of an ongoing series in which we look back on amazing moments in London Knights history. Each day, we’ll bring you a new memory leading up to the anniversaries of the team’s Memorial Cup championships in 2005 and 2016.

In baseball, going 1-for-3 is a pretty solid day.

If you hit .333 over your career you’ll make a good case for Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame.

May 20 in London Knights history represents a 1-for-3 day at the Memorial Cup tournament.

But even the two games that London did not win featured very unique moments.

May 20, 2012 – The Penalty Kill

The Knights played their second game of the Memorial Cup tournament as they met the host Shawinigan Cataractes. London was coming off a 5-3 victory over the defending champions from Saint John, N.B.,as they played for the second time in two days.

Shawinigan had fallen a goal short against Edmonton in the tournament opener where they lost 4-3 to the Oil Kings.

The game against the Cataractes was filled with frustration for the Knights in what ended up being a 6-2 defeat.

In it, though, was a moment that will stand out forever. It was subtle in the way spotting a hawk in a tree is subtle. You had to see it to know it was there.

With the score tied 1-1 in the first period London was whistled for two minor penalties on the same play. Brett Cook was called for roughing and Kevin Raine for checking from behind. That meant the Knights were down 5-on-3 for a full two minutes.

London head coach Mark Hunter sent forward Austin Watson along with captain Jarred Tinordi and future captain Scott Harrington over the boards.

The three Knights battled against the likes of Michal Bournival, Michael Chaput and Brandon Gormley for about a minute and a half and managed to get the puck down the ice for what could have been a line change.

As Tinordi, Harrington and Watson lined up in neutral ice a call came from the bench to get them to come off. Tinordi, sweat pouring down his face, looked at his teammates and waved off the change and then the trio took on the Cataractes and killed the final seconds of the full two minutes.

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