The Edmonton Oil Kings dropped a 4-1 decision to the London Knights at the Memorial Cup tournament Tuesday in Shawinigan, Quebec.
Ryan Rupert and Bo Horvat scored first-period goals for the Knights, who improve to 2-1 in round robin play to guarantee themselves at least a birth in the semifinals Friday night.
The Oil Kings were held to just 21 shots on net and were 0-for-6 on the power play.
Keegan Lowe got his first goal of the tournament for the WHL champion Oil Kings, who suffered their second consecutive loss and fell to 1-2 as they wrapped up their round-robin schedule. The Oil Kings now head to a tiebreaker Thursday for the second semifinal berth Friday.
Never miss a local story.
Michael Houser, the OHL Goaltender and Player of the Year, turned aside 20 of 21 shots to post the win for the Knights.
Laurent Brossoit stopped 24 of 27 shots he faced in a losing cause for Edmonton, which has been outscored 9-3 over the last two games.
The round-robin schedule wraps up Wednesday with the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs taking on the tournament host Shawinigan Cataractes. Both teams have a win and a loss in round-robin play.
Should Saint John win Wednesday, the Knights would advance directly to Sunday’s championship game as they own the head-to-head tiebreaker. If Shawinigan wins, it would advance to Sunday’s final, having the tiebreaker over London.
The Oil Kings will face the loser of Wednesday’s game in Thursday’s tiebreaker.