BostonBruins.com – Jeremy Lauzon and Rouyn-Noranda fell to the London Knights, 3-2, in overtime of the 2016 Memorial Cup Final on Sunday.
Rouyn-Noranda, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion, was making its first final appearance in history. London, which got the winning goal from Matthew Tkachuk at 7:49 of the extra session, finished the season with 17 straight victories, four at the Memorial Cup.
Lauzon assisted on the Huskies’ go-ahead tally midway through the third period. The defenseman corralled the puck deep in his own end and flipped it high into the neutral zone. Alexandre Fortin picked it up and burst into the offensive zone where he slid a backhander across the slot to Julien Nantel, who one-timed it past London goalie Tyler Parsons for a 2-1 lead.
But London tied the game with just 4:11 remaining when Christian Dvorak buried one from the top of the crease.
Lauzon – who finished the tournament with two assists – and the Huskies eliminated fellow Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk in the semifinals on Friday night, when R-N defeated Red Deer, 3-1, to advance to the championship.
DeBrusk was held off the scoresheet, but registered a game-high five shots on goal.
The 19-year-old forward finished the Memorial Cup with a goal and three assists in four games; the four points ranked him ninth for the tournament. DeBrusk’s 17 shots on goal ranked third.