Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak scored the decisive goal on Wednesday night as the London Knights defeated the Niagara IceDogs, 1-0, to win the Ontario Hockey League’s best-of-seven championship series four games to none.
Dvorak scored the lone goal, his 14th in 18 playoff games, at 16:37 of the first period.
|Christian Dvorak and Mitch Marner. Photo by Getty Images. |
“It was going to be a tight game, we knew that, so we had to make sure we played a tight defensive game and we did,” Dvorak told Canadian TV network Sportsnet during a post-game interview. “We got that one goal and kind of shut it down. That was good.”
The victory was London’s 13th in a row in the playoffs; the Knights swept the past three series after needing six games to eliminate Owen Sound in the first round.
“I think that was a wake-up call,” Dvorak said. “Owen Sound played us tough and forced us to look in the mirror a little bit and we haven’t lost since.”
Next up for London is the Mastercard Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alberta. The four-team event begins May 19.
“It was a good sweep here and now we can rest a little bit,” Dvorak said. “We’ve got one more goal (to accomplish) and we’re going to be excited for it.”
The Coyotes selected Dvorak with the 58th overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft.