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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.27.2012 / 11:13 PM
Kirill Kabanov posted one goal and four assists in six Memorial Cup games.
Photo: Terry Wilson / CHL Images
Shawinigan 2, London 1 (OT)

Kirill Kabanov's Shawinigan Cataractes won the Memorial Cup Sunday night, beating the London Knights 2-1 in overtime. The win gives Shawinigan its first ever Memorial Cup. The Cataractes won three elimination in games in four days to take the championship.

London's Ryan Rupert scored the only goal of the first period at 5:42. Austin Watson and Matt Rupert assisted on the tally.

Shawinigan evened the score at 1-1 three minutes into the second frame. Kabanov and Morgan Ellis assisted on Anton Zlobin's fourth goal of the tournament.

Unlike Shawinigan's last two games, the third period was tight, with limited chances. Watson had a chance to put the Knights ahead with just two seconds left in regulation, but could not convert, and the game went into overtime tied at 1-1.

After both teams traded chances in overtime, Zlobin scored the cup-winning goal for Shawinigan at 17:51 of the extra period, giving the Cataractes their first ever Memorial Cup Championship. Kabanov finished the tournament with five points (one goal, four assists ) in six games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.25.2012 / 9:58 PM
Kirill Kabanov and the Shawinigan Cataractes will now face the London Knights on Sunday in the Memorial Cup Finals
Shawinigan 7, Saint John 4

Kirill Kabanov's Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-4 on Friday, advancing to the Memorial Cup Championship Finals.

Saint John's Zack Phillips opened up the scoring at 4:29 of the first period. Shawinigan's Michael Bournival and Brandon Gormley each scored before the midway point of the opening frame, giving the Cataractes a 2-1 lead. The Sea Dogs' Tomas Jurco tallied his first goal of the tournament at 12:35, and the teams went into the first intermission tied at 2-2.

In the second period, Shawinigan outshot Saint John 20-8. Midway through the stanza, Loik Poudrier and Michael Chaput scored 1:25 apart for the Cataractes, giving them a 4-2 advantage.

The Sea Dogs got a caught a break late in the middle frame when Jonathan Huberdeau's shot from the Saint John end of the rink handcuffed Shawinigan goaltender Gabriel Girard, sneaking past him to make the game 4-3.

Saint John tied the game on Jurco's second goal of the contest at 9:16 of the third.

Four minutes later, Yannick Veilleux turned the momentum back in the Cataractes favor with his second goal of the tournament, giving Shawinigan its third lead of the game. With under a minute remaining, Chaput and Pierre-Olivier Morin each scored empty-net goals, giving Shawinigan a 7-4 lead.

With the win, the Cataractes advance to the Championship Finals against the London Knights on Sunday at 7:00. Shawinigan beat London 6-2 last Sunday in the round-robin phase of the tournament.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.24.2012 / 10:00 PM
Kabanov's two points helped earn Shawinigan a rematch on Friday with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the semi-finals
Shawinigan 6, Edmonton 1

Kirill Kabanov's Shawinigan Cataractes advanced to the semi-finals of the 2012 Memorial Cup with a 6-1 win over the WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Cataractes took a 1-0 lead at 7:30 of the opening period when Kabanov and Brandon Gormley assisted on Yannick Veilleux's first goal of the tournament. Morgan Ellis scored on the man advantage late in the period, giving Shawinigan a 2-0 lead.

The tournament hosts stayed on the offensive, scoring four goals in the middle frame. Anton Zlobin and Kabanov each scored in the first three minutes of the period. The goal was the first of the tournament for Kabanov, who also has three assists in four games so far.

Later in the second period, the Cataractes' Michael Bournival scored on the power play, and Pierre-Olivier Morin posted a short-handed tally, making the score 6-0.

Toward the end of the second period, Edmonton's Henrik Samuelsson lit the lamp, cutting Shawinigan's lead to 6-1. Neither team scored in the final frame.

The win sets up a rematch on Friday between the Cataractes and QMJHL rival Saint John Sea Dogs. The two teams played Wednesday, with the Sea Dogs winning 4-1. The winner of the semi-final will take on the London Knights on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 10:58 PM
Kabanov and the Cataractes must win Thursday to stay alive in the Memorial Cup tournament
Saint John 4, Shawinigan 1

Kirill Kabanov's Shawinigan Cataractes lost to the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs Wednesday by a score of 4-1.

The Sea Dogs got off to a hot start, as Jonathan Huberdeau scored at 4:39 of the opening frame. With the period winding down, Saint John's Stanislav Galiev lit the lamp on the power play, giving the QMJHL champs a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.

Late in the second period, the Sea Dogs went up 3-0 on Ryan Tesink's third goal of the tournament. With a minute left in the penalty-filled second stanza, Shawinigan's Anton Zlobin scored on the man advantage, cutting the Cataractes' deficit to 3-1.

An empty-net goal by Huberdeau at 18:28 of the third frame made the score 4-1.

With the loss, Shawinigan finishes the round-robin stage in a tie for third place. They will face the Edmonton Oil Kings on Thursday in the tie-breaker round, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals against Saint John. The London Knights have already secured a berth in the Championship Final.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 9:09 AM

The London Knights got out to a 3-0 lead over the Niagara IceDogs in game four of the Rogers OHL Championship Series and held on to win 4-1.

On the brink of elimination, Ryan Strome, Mitchell Theoret and the Niagara IceDogs face London in Game Five on Friday, May 11.

Ryan Rupert opened the scoring for the Knights 3:31 into the first period. Matt Rupert fed a pass to Max Domi who in turn slid it to a streaking Ryan Rupert. Rupert tucked the puck past the outstretched leg of Mark Visentin to take a 1-0 lead.

Vladislav Namestnikov and Austin Watson played give and go in the second period with Namestnikov finishing it off to steak the Knights to a two goal lead 7:47 into the second period. Six minutes later Andreas Athanasiou, playing in his first game of the final, did all the work breaking into the IceDogs zone. Visentin kicked his weak shot out to Chris Tierney who fired it into the back of the net giving the Knights a 3-0 lead.

6:23 into the third period and the IceDogs finally got on the board thanks to Myles Doan's shin. Steven Shipley's shot rebounded out in front of the Knights' net. Doan, tied up with the IceDogs defender had the puck bounce of his shin and into the net cutting the lead to 3-1.

Matt Rupert would respond for the Knights just 56 seconds later. On a two-on-one with his brother Ryan, Matt tried to pass the puck across but hit the IceDogs defender and had Visentin going the other way. Matt Rupert was able to chip his own pass past Visentin to make the final score 4-1.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.08.2012 / 9:44 AM

LONDON 3, NIAGARA 2

Chris Tierney's late third period goal proved to be the difference for the London Knights as they tok game three 3-2. The Knights lead the OHL Championship series against Ryan Strome, Mitchell Theoret and the Niagara IceDogs two games to one.

The teams went scoreless in the first period with the posts helping both goalies.

In the second Brett Ritchie netted his third of the playoffs. There was a scramble in front of the Knights net and Michael Houser was unable to get a glove on the puck. Ritchie found the puck and put it in to the open net making it 1-0 Niagara.

It took the Knights 18 seconds to respond. Kevin Raine's shot hit the post and the rebound landed on a wide open Max Domi who had half the net to bury his fourth of the playoffs.

Just over eight minutes later Freddie Hamilton was the beneficiary of a bouncing puck that eluded the Knights captain Jarred Tinordi. Hamilton was left on a partial break. His shot just snuck under Houser's blocker arm.

The Knights evened things up once again before the end of the second. Vladislav Namestnikov had control of the puck behind the IceDogs net on London's fourth power play of the night. He passed to a partially cover Austin Watson in the slot. Watson managed to get his stick on it defecting it above Mark Visentin tying the game 2-2.

Chris Tierney won a draw back to Olli Maatta in the IceDogs zone. Maatta slapped a shot towards the net and Tierney got a piece of it with his stick deflecting it past a stunned Visentin with just 3:28 remaining in the third. London would hold the 3-2 lead and win game three taking a 2-1 series lead.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.06.2012 / 10:09 AM

Ryan Strome recorded a pair first-period assists, but the Niagara IceDogs fell to the London Knights 5-3 at the Gatorade Garden City Complex on Saturday night, leveling the OHL Championship series at one.

Things shift back to London for game three of the OHL Championship on Monday night. 

GAME RECAP

SCORING SUMMARY
1. NIAG A. Agozzino, (9) (R. Strome, F. Hamilton), 5:14 (PP)   
1. NIAG A. Agozzino, (10) (D. Hamilton, R. Strome), 16:09 (PP)   
1. LDN J. Tinordi, (3) (S. Griffith, V. Namestnikov), 17:59    
2. LDN R. Rupert, (6) , 1:46    
2. LDN R. Rupert, (7) (M. Rupert), 4:28    
2. LDN O. Maatta, (6) (M. Domi, J. Knight), 13:31 (PP)   
2. NIAG A. Agozzino, (11) (D. Pacan, B. Beukeboom), 16:26    
3. LDN R. Rupert, (8) (G. McKegg), 19:52 (EN)
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 9:47 AM

The Niagara IceDogs won a 3-2 double overtime thriller against the London Knights in game one of the Rogers OHL Championship Series Thursday night in London!

The first period saw the IceDogs get off to just the start they were looking for as Islanders prospect Mitchell Theoret continued his strong playoff run by tipping home a Brett Ritchie shot for his fourth of the playoffs, as Niagara drew first blood 1-0 4:01 in.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.01.2012 / 4:58 PM

Islanders prospects and Niagara IceDogs teammates Ryan Strome and Mitchell Theoret spoke with islanders.com about playing in the 2012 OHL Championships, beginning Thursday, May 3.

Ryan Strome
Q&A

Islanders.com: How would you evaluate your performance so far in the OHL Playoffs?
Ryan Strome:
We’ve had some tough competition in the first three rounds – I think we’ve played maybe the three toughest teams in the Eastern Conference – so I think we’re well prepared. For myself, I’ve done pretty well offensively and I’ve been producing and I have to try to keep it up and keep making strides because London is a really good defensive team.

Islanders.com: Can you preview your upcoming series against the Knights? What do you expect from them?
Ryan Strome: They have a world class goalie – he’s one of the best goalies in the league along with ours. They also have a really good group of forwards with a lot of depth and a few studs on defense. It’s going to be a really tough series. I think our teams match up very evenly.

Islanders.com: Is this the furthest you’ve ever gone into the Playoffs? What would a Memorial Cup birth mean to you and your team.
Ryan Strome: Last year we lost in the third round so to improve on that this year was a goal of mine and it’s good that we accomplished that. Anything from here is an added bonus. We obviously aren’t satisfied yet and we have our sites set on the Memorial Cup but we have to take care of business in the OHL Championship first.

Islanders.com: Have you been in touch with any Islanders during the season or playoffs? Gotten any good advice?
Ryan Strome: A bunch of them have been in contact with me and given me support. Especially at the World Juniors and I went to a game in Toronto and they were all asking about my season. They’ve been really good and really helpful. I’m looking forward to finishing off the year here and then getting back to New York.

Islanders.com: How did attending your first NHL training camp and spending the first few weeks of the season with the Islanders affect you as a player?
Ryan StromeI think it’s been very beneficial. I learned a lot. I was watching and learning as much as I could about the older guys about what it takes to be a professional and I tried to adopt as much as I could from there to come back to junior and be a leader and try to play the game properly at both ends of the ice. I’m very thankful for that opportunity I had to stay there.

Islanders.com:  How would you describe Theoret's game and how has his season gone?
Ryan Strome: He’s a big-bodied player who’s been a little bit streaky this year, but when he’s hot, he’s hot. He was huge for us this last series and when he uses his body to get in front of the net he’s very successful. He and I have found some chemistry when we’ve played together.



Mitchell Theoret Q&A

Islanders.com:  How would you evaluate the team’s play and your individual performance so far in the OHL Playoffs?
Mitchell Theoret: I think we’ve lived up to the expectations as a team. We set our goal to win the OHL championship and the Memorial Cup and everything so far has been a stepping stone towards that. As for myself, I think I’ve done a reasonable job – I’d like to produce more offensively, but as long as the team’s winning and I’m contributing to the success I’m happy with that.

Islanders.com:  You had three big goals in your last series against the Ottawa 67’s. What clicked for you and your line?
Mitchell TheoretI think we just came together more as a line. I hadn’t played with Shiply and Pecan at all in the playoffs. We just seemed to find some chemistry and it seemed to work for us.

Islanders.com:  Can you preview your upcoming series against the London Knights?
Mitchell Theoret: They’re a lot different from Ottawa. Ottawa played physical, which is how I like to play, but London has a lot more high-end talent and a lot more speed, so I think we’re going to have to be ready to make decisions quicker and we’re not going to have a lot of time.
 
Islanders.com:  How did attending your first NHL training camp effect your season?
Mitchell Theoret: It was a great experience coming down. It really opened my eyes about what the NHL and the Islanders organization are all about a. It’s motivated me to want to work extra hard to achieve that goal of playing for the Islanders.

Islanders.com:  How would you describe Strome’s play this season and post season?
Mitchell Theoret: He’s been lights out all season. He came back from New York after missing the first few games and dominated the league again like he did last year. The sky is the limit for him.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.28.2012 / 10:53 AM


Ryan Strome scored a goal for his team-leading 21st point of the playoffs and the Niagara IceDogs beat the Ottawa 67's 3-2 in game five of the Eastern Conference Final.  With the victory, the IceDogs won the series four games to one and locked up the Eastern Conference Championship.

Strome has seven goals and 14 assists in 15 playoff games this season. He's tied for fourth in the OHL in playoff scoring.

The IceDogs will face the London Knights in the OHL Championships. Game 1 is set for Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

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OHL FINALS SCHEDULE
Game 1: Thursday May 3 – Niagara at London - 7:00 pm
Game 2: Saturday May 5 – London at Niagara – 7:00 pm
Game 3: Monday May 7 – Niagara at London – 7:00 pm
Game 4: Wednesday May 9 – London at Niagara – 7:00 pm
Game 5: Friday May 11 – Niagara at London – 7:00 pm*
Game 6: Sunday May 13 – London at Niagara – 2:00 pm*
Game 7: Monday May 14 – Niagara at London – 7:00 pm*
*if necessary

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