Leafs 5th. pick, 157th. overall is: Ryan Rupert - Forward LC
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06-23-2012, 11:07 AM
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2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup: London Knights’ Ryan Rupert gets Jonathan Huberdeau off his game at crucial moment
His aggressive backcheck on Sea Dogs captain Jonathan Huberdeau was the straw that broke the star's stack.
With 2:04 left, Huberdeau overreacted to being stripped of the puck by tearing after Rupert. In the ensuing skirmish, Huberdeau cuffed Rupert in the head, earning the extra penalty as both were sent off. Sea Dogs coach Gerard Gallant also took a bench minor, leading to a 5-on-3 even the Knights power play could convert. Vladislav Namestnikov scored moments later to cinch a 5-3 win at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Huberdeau also got an elbowing penalty in the first minute of the game after a questionable hit on Matt Rupert.
"Getting punched is not that good, but it didn't really connect," Ryan Rupert said with a smile. "It was just a little scrum. It makes it that much better getting the 5-3 win."
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