SASKATOON — The two top-ranked teams are headed to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup final.
Ty Rattie scored the game-winner at 8:32 of the third period, snapping a shot that found the top corner on goalie Jake Patterson’s blocker side.
London scored first, on the power play at 12:43 of the opening period. Max Domi whiffed on his first attempt and then connected on his second crack to beat goalie Mac Carruth. It was Domi’s first goal of the tournament.
The Winterhawks answered at 14:51. Tyler Wotherspoon was credited with the goal as the puck trickled by Patterson.
The teams played to a scoreless first period in which London held a 14-9 edge in shots.
No penalty was called until 11:58 of the second period when Brendan Leipsic was hauled off for checking from behind.
Portland did not have a power play until 2:58 into the third.
London scored on its lone power play. Portland was 0-for-1.
Shots on net were 35-34 for the Knights.
The Knights pulled their goalie for an extra attacker but, despite a handful of chances, could not find the equalizer.
Halifax posted a 58-6-3-1 record, while Portland was 57-12-1-2 in the WHL this season.
“It’s going to be a hard-fought game,” Mooseheads goalie Zach Fucale said Friday. “We’re going to have to commit ourselves defensively as well. We’re going to have to put together our best 60 minutes to come out with the win.”
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London Knights centre Max Domi shakes hands with Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones after the Memorial Cup semifinal in Saskatoon, Sask. on Friday, May 24, 2013. The Winterhawks defeat the Knights 2-1.
Photograph by: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards., Canada.com