Edmonton Oil Kings avoid deadly second loss at Memorial Cup

Edmonton Oil Kings forward Luke Bertolucci skates towards a smiling Oil Kings bench after scoring a...

Edmonton Oil Kings forward Luke Bertolucci skates towards a smiling Oil Kings bench after scoring a goal against the London Knights during their 2014 Memorial Cup round robin hockey game at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario on Sunday May 18, 2014. (CRAIG GLOVER/QMI AGENCY)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:58 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. — At least the Edmonton Oil Kings don’t have to fly in Taylor Hall today to talk to the team.

Only one team has ever come back from an 0-2 start in the modern-day four-team tournament concept of the Memorial Cup.

Only one team won it’s last round robin game, won the tie-breaker game, won the semi-final, won the final and carried the ancient trophy.

That was the 2009 Windsor Spitfires led by Taylor Hall in his first of two Memorial Cup champion and back-to-back MVP years.

With their 5-2 win over host London Knights here Sunday, that’s what faces the host now, not the Oil Kings.

“That game was super important for us because 0-2 is pretty much like not a lot of chance to make it,” said Edgars Kulda, the Latvian who scored two goals including the winner.

“It was a game we knew we needed to win. This team has come up big in big games this year.


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