Gormley scores two as host Cataractes beat Knights 6-2 at Memorial Cup
SHAWINIGAN, Que. (Canadian Press) - Defenceman Brandon Gormley scored twice and added an assist as the Shawinigan Cataractes downed the London Knights 6-2 before a noisy home crowd at the Mastercard Memorial Cup on Sunday night.
The host Cataractes (1-1) were coming off a loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the opener of the four-team tournament. The Knights (1-1) had upset the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday night.
Michael Bournival and Pierre Olivier Morin also scored while Loik Poudrier chipped in a short-handed goal and Michael Chaput got one shorthanded for the Cataractes.
Josh Anderson and Andreas Athanasiou replied for the Ontario Hockey League champion Knights, who were outshot 33-26.
The Sea Dogs face Edmonton on Monday night in the second game for both teams.
London had the tables turned on their effort against Saint John. This time it was Shawinigan with the greater work rate and which forced the bulk of the turnovers. The deafening racket from the sellout crowd of 4,674 at the Bionest Centre also boosted the home side.
Shawinigan coach Eric Veilleux opted to change goaltenders after their opening game loss, replacing Alex Dubeau with the more experienced Gabriel Girard.
The Cataractes stormed out from the opening faceoff, checking hard and using turnovers to outshoot London 14-6 in the opening period.
But the Knights got the first goal as Anderson got his stick on a harmless-looking point shot from Tommy Hughes at 10:47.
London captain Jarred Tinordi was a wall in helping kill a two-man advantage, but the players were out of the box for only 21 seconds when Shawinigan tied it as Bournival deflected a Gormley point shot at 16:23.
A Gormley blast from the point gave the home side the lead only 57 seconds into the second period and Poudrier made it 3-1 when he scored at 10:37 on a shot off a short-handed rush that went in off Vladislav Namestnikov's stick. It was the third short-handed goal London allowed in two games.
The Knights got that one right back 22 seconds later when Athanasiou beat Girard from the left side.
London's Jared Knight hit a goalpost and on the counterattack, Morin scored as he cut to the middle and put a wrist shot to the top corner 3:20 into the third. Gormley added a power-play goal from the point at 9:44.
The Cataractes had one lineup change, taking forward Mitchell Maynard out and inserting Felix-Antoine Bergeron, while London replaced Brett Welychka with Athanasiou.
Notes: Saint John coach Gerard Gallant was fined $500 for slamming the refs after a loss Saturday to London. . . Canadiens scouting head Trevor Timmins spoke to reporters before the game, an event in itself as former general manager Pierre Gauthier had a gag order on all Montreal staff. He's excited about the NHL draft. ''We're going to get a good player at No. 3, for sure. Whether he steps in and plays in the NHL next season is up to the player,'' he said. "It's a draft year when all 30 teams are going to have different top-10 lists. There's no set order amongst scouts. It's going to be fun and exciting for the fans to watch the draft because, who's No. 1? Nobody knows except the team that's drafting."
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