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article imageShawinigan wins Memorial Cup beating London Knights in OT 2-1

By Daniel Boyington     May 28, 2012 in Sports
Shawinigan - The Shawinigan Cataractes beat the London Knights 2-1 in OT to capture the Mastercard Memorial Cup as they hosted the tournament in hometown Shawinigan, Quebec Sunday night.
In a hard-played Memorial Cup final, Shawinigan Cataractes were down 1-0 in the first period, but came back to win the Mastercard Memorial Cup in the first overtime at 17:51, and capture the title for the first time in 43 years.
If you only recorded and extra hour of the game you missed the final goal, but the over 5000 in attendance didn't miss a beat as the hometown crowd went ballistic, at the Bionest Centre which only seats 4,125.
Anton Zlobin a Russian for Shawinigan, scored his first goal to tie the game in the second period, but came back to notch the winner in OT at 17:51.
The Knights only goal came early in the first by Ryan Rupert who has a brother on the team who have played well during the season together. The Knights did have a four day layoff before the final, after winning the round robin, and may have rested them too much.
Although the Cataractes were on a roll, as the final was their fourth game in five days.
Owner and previous coach of The Knights, Dale Hunter was sitting on the sidelines, as he just resigned as coach of the NHL's Washington Capitals to be back with his own club. He relinquished the coaching duties to his brother Mark Hunter who he claims had done a wonderful job throughout the season.
The next Mastercard Memorial Cup will be held in Saskatoon.
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