MacDonald not about to quit

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

GUELPH -- The OHL's Western Conference final isn't turning out the way Guelph goaltender Ryan MacDonald imagined it.

But the former Knights puckstopper, who turns 21 tomorrow, believes there's still a chance his Storm can rebound from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series with his old team. He feels Guelph has enough character to get where it wants to go -- a Game 7 showdown Monday in London with a trip to the OHL final on the line.

Game 5 goes tonight at the John Labatt Centre and MacDonald will be at his most dangerous while playing to extend his junior career another day.

"We don't have to be a lot different and we just have to keep hoping the tide will turn," MacDonald said. "If we don't come out and play like we have all series, it's over."

As one of his team's veterans, MacDonald addressed his mates following their shocking 2-1 loss in Game 4 Tuesday.

MacDonald surrendered low-scoring London defenceman Ryan Martinelli's first playoff goal with two seconds left in the third period to give the Knights a 3-1 stranglehold in the series and a rare win in Guelph.

"I didn't see it. Everyone collapsed from the point and I just tried to make myself big in the net," MacDonald said.

"But you can't stop what you can't see and it didn't hit me. You just have to move on. We know we have a good team. We'll find out if we want to keep playing."

No one knows about being in this same situation better than MacDonald and his old Knights mates, including Dylan Hunter, Rob Schremp and David Bolland, who forced Game 7 after falling behind Guelph 3-1 in the 2004 Western final. The Storm ultimately won the series with a 6-3 victory at the JLC.

There is still plenty of motivation in the Guelph dressing room for ruining London's postseason plans.

MacDonald and defenceman Ryan Pottruff want to beat the Hunters for trading them away from a Memorial Cup team and Storm blue-liners Drew Doughty and Shawn Haviland and forward Leigh Salters don't want to go home to London and hear all summer about what a bunch of winners the Knights were this year.

There is honour in looking in the mirror and knowing you did everything you could to win, but Guelph doesn't want any part of that.

"I hope when I look in the mirror in four or five days, I'll be saying to myself, 'What a comeback'," said Storm assistant coach Trent Cull.


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