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Dvorak Helps London Capture Memorial Cup

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak scored a clutch goal late in the third period on Sunday to help the London Knights win the 2016 Memorial Cup championship game at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta.


Dvorak notched his tournament-leading seventh goal at 15:49 of the third period to lift London into a 2-2 tie with Rouyn-Noranda. London won, 3-2 in overtime, thanks to a goal scored by Matthew Tkachuk, son of former Coyotes captain Keith Tkachuk.

Tkachuk was credited with the game-winning goal at 7:49 of OT, but he told reporters he thinks his decisive shot may have glanced off Dvorak's back before reaching the net.

“I felt something hit me but I don’t really care,” Dvorak told reporters. “Winning’s all that matters.”

Dvorak's tying goal shifted the momentum of the game back to London after Rouyn-Noranda appeared poised to produce a major upset.

“Luckily, we found a goal,” Dvorak told reporters. “We knew it took the wind out of their sails.”

In addition to leading the tournament in goals, Dvorak, who assisted on London's first goal on Sunday, ranked second in points with 12 in four games, two behind linemate Mitch Marner.

The Coyotes selected Dvorak, who led the Ontario Hockey League with 52 goals this season, with the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

London ended the season with an eye-popping 17-game winning streak and outscored opponents, 23-8, in the Memorial Cup tournament.

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