Vernon’s Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings will either have Thursday off or face a tiebreaker game in the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The Oil Kings lost 5-2 to the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs Sunday night, joining the Dogs, London Knights and host Shawinigan Cataractes, all at 1-1.
Edmonton (50-15-3-4) tangled with the Knights (49-18-0-1) Tuesday night with the winner advancing to the Friday semifinals or Sunday final, and the loser playing the tiebreaker. Shawinigan (45-16-3-4) plays Saint John (50-15-0-3) today. An Edmonton win over London and a Shawinigan win over Saint John could propel Edmonton right to the final.
It marked the first time in the 29-year history of the current four-team format that all four teams held an identical record after two games at the Centre Bionest.
Lazar, 17, drew an assist on Stephane Legault’s second-period goal which pulled Edmonton to within a goal of the Sea Dogs. Zach Phillips, with 1:37 remaining, and Ryan Tesink, with an empty-netter on his 19th birthday, supplied third-period goals for Saint John.
There was seven sons of former NHLers in Oil Kings-Knights game: Edmonton’s Michael St. Croix, Henrik Samuelsson, Griffin Reinhart and Keegan Lowe and London’s Jarred Tinordi, Max Domi and Vladislav Namestnikov.