Knights' Domi not matching regular season performance at Memorial Cup

London Knights centre Max Domi (#16),during a 6-3 loss to the Portland Winterhawks,, in the 2013...

London Knights centre Max Domi (#16),during a 6-3 loss to the Portland Winterhawks,, in the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Monday May 20, 2013. Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

Max Domi had one of the best plus-minuses in the OHL this season.

He was plus-33 in the regular season and plus-12 in the playoffs.

He's minus-9 at this Memorial Cup.

“It directly relates to the fact we're down, 0-2 in the last two games,” the London Knights forward said. “Whether you're plus-5 or minus-10, it doesn't matter. As a team, you've got to be better than the last two games and hopefully, we can get the better outcome we want.”

London head coach Dale Hunter believes that stat is the produce of the way the Knights have lost. They have had to abandon their defensive style after falling behind early in losses to Portland and Halifax. Domi went minus-4 in both games.

“One was an empty-netter and when you get down goals, you're pushing,” Hunter said. “They're offensive guys so we have to open it up. We're down 3-0 and you've got to try to get back in the game. You expose your team. You expose your goalie.

“You can stay and play good defence but the score's going to end up 3-0. We have to go and score goals.”

Domi had a goal and three points in four games as a 16-year-old at last year's tournament in Shawinigan. He only has one assist here – his stunning between-the-legs pass on Bo Horvat's goal against the Winterhawks.

“He's been good,” Dale Hunter said. “He's had some good scoring chances and the goalies have made some good saves on him. He had a breakaway (against Halifax's Zach Fucale) and was stopped. He's a hair from breaking out with a big game for us.”

Domi knows that has to happen starting Thursday night in the tiebreaker game.

“I've been getting chances and we haven't been capitalizing. We need to do a better job at that. If we want to win hockey games, we're going to have to start scoring more. It's not going to happen if we don't start scoring.”

The only way to repair that plus-minus now is to start being on the ice for more goals than the Knights allow.

 

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TOUGH KNIGHTS

(The London Knights gave up a combined 15 goals in back-to-back Memorial Cup games. Here's where that ranks in the 30 years since the tournament went to a four-team, round-robin format).

16: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1985 at Shawinigan/Drummondville). Prince Albert hammered Hounds twice.

15: London Knights (2013). Halifax stomped them with nine goals.

15: Kamloops Blazers (1990 at Hamilton). Kitchener and Oshawa poured it on.

15: Drummondville Voltigeurs (1988 at Chicoutimi). Windsor and Medicine Hat teed off on Volts.

14: Val D'Or Foreurs (1998 at Spokane). Portland, Guelph rolled back-to-back sevens.

14: Laval Voisins (1984 at Kitchener). Mario Lemieux's team couldn't keep puck out.

 


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