2011 2nd round draft pick (54th overall) Scott Harrington represented the Penguins well while playing in the Memorial Cup over the weekend. The Ontario Hockey League champion, London Knights advanced to the championship final where they were served a heart-breaking loss to the Shawingigan Cataractes.
Knights goaltender, Michael Houser, a Wexford native, was recently named the CHL’s most outstanding goaltender. Knights co-owner, Mark Hunter first spotted Houser at a US regional development team camp a few years ago. This season, he tied the OHL record for single-season wins (46). Although the 19 year went undrafted, the Pittsburgh native could hear his name called during the NHL draft at Consol in June after his impressive season.
Harrington and his D partner, Knights Captain Jarred Tinordi (Montreal Canadiens) were the top defensive pairing for London. Harrington added three assists in four games during the Memorial Cup.
Cataractes’ Anton Zlobin scored both goals for Shawingigan in their 2-1 overtime victory.
Despite the disappointing finish, Harrington had three goals and 23 assists in 44 regular season games with a very impressive plus-minus rating of plus-26.
Fun Fact: The last time London was in the final was 2005. It also happened to be the year when they defeated Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic to win the CHL title.