London defeats Saskatoon; Blades eliminated from Memorial Cup
CALGARY, AB -- The Saskatoon Blades fell 6-1 to the London Knights on Thursday evening and have been eliminated from the 2013 Mastercard Memorial Cup.
The Knights now advance to Friday's semi-final match-up against Tyler Wotherspoon and the Portland Winterhawks at 6:00 PM MT at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK. The winner will face the QMJHL Champions, the Halifax Mooseheads, in Sunday's final.
London received goals from draft-eligible forward Bo Horvat, Seth Griffith, Chris Tierney, Ryan Rupert, Kyle Platzer and draft-eligible rearguard Nikita Zadorov. Saskatoon's lone tally came off of Nathan Burns stick at the 11:40 mark of the third period.
"The teams we played against and the games we played in, you can see why these teams are Champions," Saskatoon head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken told the assembled media. "Tonight, we ran out of gas, plain and simple, and the mistakes that we made, London took full advantage.
"Our players have nothing to be ashamed of. This is a hard tournament to win, and our guys left it on the ice."
Calgary Flames prospect Michael Ferland finished off the tournament with two assists in four games. In 26 regular season outings with the Blades this year, the 21 year-old recorded 8 goals and 29 points. The winger was dealt from the Brandon Wheat Kings to Saskatoon on Jan. 10 in exchange for the Blades first round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
Ferland spent the first half of the 2012-13 campaign with the Abbotsford Heat and Utah Grizzlies before being assigned to Brandon on Dec. 28. He played four games with the Wheat Kings, notching one goal and one assist, before being traded to the Blades.
The Flames drafted Ferland in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.