Drew Larman watched Sidney Crosby on Saturday night.
Last night, Larman was Sidney Crosby, scoring two goals in a 4-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets that put the Knights in the driver's seat at the Memorial Cup.
Larman is usually found on the Knights' checking line and Saturday, in the tournament opener, he, Brandon Prust and Trevor Kell logged a lot of ice time against the 17-year-old scoring sensation.
"I wouldn't say I was Sidney Crosby. No one can be Sidney Crosby, but it feels pretty good to be able to contribute offensively and getting those two goals was huge, especially to get it started because we were struggling a little bit in the beginning," said Larman, who tied it 1-1 at 7:16 of the first period.
His second goal came seven minutes into the third period, giving the Knights a 4-1 lead.
"It's a little ironic, but the bounces went my way. You think about scoring a couple of goals in any game, but in the Memorial Cup, especially."
Knights captain Danny Syvret said it was nice to again see one of the role players come up big after defenceman Marc Methot scored twice against Rimouski, including the overtime winner.
"They don't get as much recognition during the regular season or in the playoffs," Syvret said. "Drew Larman is always playing against the top line, as is Marc Methot, and it's good to see them steal the spotlight."
Larman was a pickup from the Sarnia Sting on Oct. 19, in exchange for Norwegian import Mathis Olimb. The trade barely made headlines.
Larman came in and scored 11 goals in the regular season, then three in the playoffs.
But the two last night may be the highlight of his career for the 20-year-old from Canton, Mich.
"I was a little nervous coming in, especially to a team already 10-0," he said of the Knights' record at the time of the trade. "I didn't want to shake things up too much, but it didn't take too long for me to get comfortable and it's been working out so far."
As Larman talked in the media tent outside the John Labatt Centre, he could hear the car horns trumpeting the Knights victory.
"It's unbelievable, hearing that and then walking outside and people feeling pride in the city and their team," he said. "It's extremely moving."