SASKATOON - Ryan Rupert doesn't consider this redemption.
The London Knights' 6-1 hammering of the Saskatoon Blades in the Memorial Cup tiebreaker Thursday night, before 7,895 at the Credit Union Centre, doesn't excuse the laugher laid on them by the Halifax Mooseheads two days earlier.
"It's still not our goal and it still wasn't the team that gave us the 9-2 beating, so it's not done yet," Rupert, the gritty Knights forward, said. "Last game was a good wakeup call. We got back to doing things the right way and we've got more to do."
The rested Western league champion Portland Winterhawks are up next in Friday night's semifinal.
Then, Rupert hopes, it will be the Moose again.
The star-crossed host Blades are done first after the Knights staved off elimination for the fourth time this month, with season-saver Jake Patterson stopping 31 shots.
"The boys played really well in front of me,"the 18-year-old goalie from Sault Ste. Marie said. "It was big to maÕke the first couple of saves. It got me into the game. For the most part, they didn't have too many scoring chances."
He was pulled Tuesday after five first-period goals in the Halifax loss. This time his teammates did the chasing, forcing Russian world junior stopper Andrey Makarov from the crease after three third-period goals in 66 seconds made it 6-0.
"We've been a little snake-bitten, but we did a better job getting pucks in deep," said London sniper Seth Griffith, who scored a highlight-reel beauty. "Makarov, we made him work for it. He's a great goalie and we surprised ourselves on a couple of them.
"That's the way we played when we were on our 24-game winning streak and that's what it's going to take to win this tournament. Bring the game we played here and we'll be fine."
The Knights gave up the first goal in their three round-robin Cup games.
This time, they struck early on Bo Horvat penalty shot awarded when he was hauled down on a shorthanded breakaway.
"That was a big goal right off the bat," Griffith said. "The whole bench, we didn't think it went in. It trickled behind Makarov and that's a huge bounce for us.
"We carried the momentum from there."
London's offence has been re-ignited.
They scored eight goals in their first three games. This time, they blitzed the Blades.
"If you look at the Halifax game, we couldn't really generate anything offensively," Max Domi said. "I guess you can say we were saving it for tonight. It's huge moving forward
"Redemption is the wrong word. It just shows the group we have is capable of bouncing back."
They keep doing it with Patterson finding his way back into the net.
He was supposed to start against the Blades in the opener, but didn't after suffering from the flu.
He looked like he was cooked after the Mooseheads' onslaught.
"There's always tomorrow," he said. "You just have to put it behind you and move on to the next one."
There is no next one for the Blades.
They were built for this Cup and ended up a shadow of the physical team that played against Portland on Wednesday night.
When London took control, Saskatoon had no push back.
"It's a tough way to end things," leading scorer Josh Nicholls said through tears. "I'll move on with with my career and hope for the best."
Saskatoon defenceman Dalton Thrower missed the game after being suspended for the rest of the tournament for a head shot on Portland's Taylor Leier.
The Winterhawks forward, the best player in a win over London, has concussion-like symptoms and is expected to be done for the season.
The Knights, with 48 long hours to mull over their Halifax thrashing, jumped all over the Blades' malaise.
"We had our ups and downs this year," London captain Scott Harrington said. "We've seen it all in three, four years playing in London. The coaches did a good job focusing on the positives coming it. It (the seven-goal loss) was just a hockey game. Not the end of the world.
"We know we're a strong team and here for a reason."
It's not redemption - at least not yet.