The fate of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the 2016 Memorial Cup is now out of their hands. They will get at least one more contest to keep alive their hopes of bringing a Canadian Hockey League championship back to their Western Quebec mining city.
The London Knights had a strong night on special teams and advanced to Sunday's Memorial Cup final with a 5-2 victory over Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. The Ontario Hockey League champions have now won 16 games in a row.
Depending on the result of Wednesday's final round-robin contest between the Red Deer Rebels (1-1) and Brandon Wheat Kings (0-2), the Huskies (1-2) could next play in Thursday's tie-breaking game or Friday's semifinal contest.
The champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had their fair share of chances, as the Huskies had seven power plays in the first two periods but were only able to score on one of them. The Knights went on to finish 8-for-10 on the penalty kill while going 3-for-7 on their man-advantage opportunities.
Timo Meier tallied both of Rouyn-Noranda's goals. He cut London's lead to 2-1 at 10:04 of the second period and later made it a 4-2 contest with 12:01 left in the third stanza.
Matthew Tkachuk, a likely first-round selection in this summer's NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist for the Knights, while 2015 No. 4 overall pick Mitchell Marner contributed four assists.
Rouyn-Noranda finished with a 32-25 edge in shots.
The three Avalanche prospects on the Huskies had a fairly quiet night. JC Beaudin finished with a minus-2 rating, AJ Greer had one shot and four penalty minutes and Julien Nantel had three shots and went 6-for-14 in faceoffs.
Rouyn-Noranda opened its tournament last Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Wheat Kings but fell 5-2 the following night to the host Rebels.