Red Deer couldn't stop them, so the pressure was on the WHL Champion Brandon Wheat Kings to end the London Knights 14 game winning streak and show them that the West can take on Ontario's best.
So about that....
The game began with an early powerplay for the London Knights, after Kale Clague ('16 Draft) took a hooking penalty at 3:27. Christian Dvorak ('14 ARZ) would score halfway through the powerplay, after playing passing games with his top line mates Matthew Tkachuk ('16 Draft) and Mitch Marner ('15 TOR) for his third of the tournament.
Cliff Pu ('16 Draft) put the Knights up by two a few minutes later. The Wheat Kings didn't learn the lesson not to let London get the man advantage, and Reid Duke ('14 MIN) takes a double minor for high sticking. Aaron Berisha (Undrafted) takes the pass from Max Jones ('16 Draft) and Pu to put the Knights up by 3. Matthew Tkacuk would score with 30 seconds left in the period to give the Knights a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Jayce Hawryluk ('14 FLA) would get himself 2 for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct to open the second period (43 seconds in). Jacob Graves (undrafted) and Matthew Tkachuk would join him in the box on London's side.
We see the first goal for J.J. Piccinich ('14 TOR) of the tournament, giving London a 5-0 lead. Stelio Mattheos ('17 Draft) puts Brandon on the board, scoring a PP marker while Max Jones ('16 Draft) sits for slashing.
Two more slashing penalties come from London (Piccinich, Jones) but Brandon can't capitalize. Max Jones scores his first of the tournament at the 18 minute mark and London ends the second period with a 6-1 lead.
Brandon opens the third period with a goalie change, putting Logan Thompson (undrafted) in for Jordan Papirny (undrafted). It makes no difference as Christian Dvorak gets the hat trick 43 seconds into the period.
Incredible shot from Christian Dvorak (ARZ). Look at the no look passes from Juolevi (2016)/Marner (TOR). Chemistry. pic.twitter.com/oRtuDfwrOC— Kathryn Jean (@msconduct) May 24, 2016
Duncan Campbell (undrafted) gets a slashing penalty of his own, which gives the deadly London power play times to work. Work it does as Daniel Bernhardt ('15 NYR) scores 14 seconds into the advantage, 9-1 London.
The game is over, and the players know it. London makes a goalie change in the third period, pulling Tyler Parsons ('16 Draft) in favour of resting him the rest of the game, and sending in Brendan Burke ('13 ARZ). The Knights play Rouyn-Noranda tonight and Parsons will get the start.
We're treated to more slashing penalties, the flavour of the game it seems, but no more goals, and London takes this game 9-1.
1 - Christian Dvorak, London
2 - Mitch Marner, London
3 - Max Jones, London
Brandon is now 0-2 in the round robin stage and unless they can handily beat Red Deer on Wednesday night (they currently have a -10 goal differential), it's looking like the WHL champs will play their final game then.
London is now 2-0 and faces Rouyn-Noranda tonight. With a +12 goal differential we can safely say that the Knights will be getting a bye to Sunday's final after tonight.
Leafs prospects are doing well. JJ Piccinich scored his first goal of the tournament, bringing his point totals to 1G, 0A. Mitch Marner (2G, 7A), and is over halfway to setting the Memorial Cup record for points, 16, set by Jeff Larmer with Kitchener in 1982 and by Guy Rouleau with Hull in 1986. He's also over halfway to the record for most assists, currently held by Dan Hodgson who set the record of 13 in 1985.
Tonight's game is London vs Rouyn-Noranda and will air at 10PM EDT on Sportsnet.