On a night when the London Knights won 7-0, Mitch Marner, Christian Dvorak and Matthew Tkachuk scored five goals on nine shots and were a combined plus-4.
Sounds about right.
That must be a stat line from 2016-17 OHL season. Like rain on a camping trip, it seemed to happen all the time.
Only, it happened on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 and it took place it needed four different cities: North Bay, Buffalo, Arizona and San Jose.
The Knights are still winning. Marner, Dvorak and Tkachuk are still scoring. They are all just doing it miles and miles apart.
Marner now wears the blue and white of the Maple Leafs, but when you watch him in games, it doesn’t take long to notice how similar his NHL game is to what it was in junior. He zips all over the ice, stealing pucks, setting up teammates and scoring. He posted his first two goal game on Thursday, November 3rd, getting both for Toronto in a 2-1 road win over the Sabres.
“Our line was cycling well tonight,” Marner told reporters after the game. “We were getting chances off it all night and luckily two went in.”
Those were words he used more than a few times playing with Tkachuk and Dvorak on the way to winning the Memorial Cup.
About the same time Marner was being surrounded by that scrum of microphones, Christian Dvorak was deking around a defender and putting a backhand up and over Pekka Rinne for his first NHL goal.
And out on the west coast, Tkachuk was riding the adrenaline of being told he was staying with the Calgary Flames by scoring two goals, including the game winner with less than five minutes remaining in a win over the Sharks.
Tkachuk admitted to Roger Millions of Sportsnet, “Last night, I’m going to be honest, and this morning, I didn’t think I was playing tonight so luckily I got in there.”
All three are playing in the best hockey league in the world and against the best players in the world, but they are still doing what they have always done at every level they have played: Making a difference and helping their team win games.
It’s as impressive as it is unbelievable.
But, look at the stat line. It’s true.