Abakar Kazbekov scored the shootout winner to finish a wild night time in Owen Sound, Ont., with the London Knights on prime 5-4.
The purpose capped off extra excellent performances by London captain Luke Evangelista and Knights goaltender Brett Brochu.
Evangelista hit 20 targets on the season along with his second pair in two nights, giving him eight targets in his previous 5 video games and 20 in 18 video games.
To place in perspective how rapidly Evangelista reached the 20-goal plateau, it took Patrick Kane 23 video games to attain 20 in his solely season with the Knights. Kane went on to attain 62 that 12 months. Rob Schremp reached 20 targets in 16 video games the 12 months earlier than that, however Dave Bolland managed to attain 20 in 15 video games that very same 2005-06 season.
Brett Brochu kicked apart 44 pictures by way of 65 minutes, then made one other large save within the shootout, opening the door for Kazbekov to seal London’s sixth victory over the Assault this season. The Knights are 6-0 in opposition to Owen Sound. 5 of these video games have been determined by a purpose. Two have gone to a shootout and one to additional time.
The primary purpose of the sport will endlessly learn: Liam Gilmartin with assists from Cody Morgan and Connor Federkow. Tonio Stranges won’t ever have his identify included as part of the purpose, however he was instrumental in making it occur. Stranges toe-dragged a puck round a defender, put it off his skate to his stick and backhanded it towards the shot. A shot and two rebounds later Gilmartin was celebrating. London had gone forward 1-0.
The primary interval featured extra fights in 20 minutes than there had been all season in Knights video games. Madden Steen dropped the gloves with Brody Crane in what gave the impression to be payback for a success that despatched Owen Sound captain Mark Woolley into the top boards in London. It earned Crane a 3 recreation suspension.
After that two extra rookies, Landon Sim of the Knights and Cal Uens of the Assault, wrestled round in entrance of the London internet and ended up squaring off. Earlier than the top of the interval, Max McCue and Julian Fantino dropped their gloves.
Name it a byproduct of two groups seeing one another six instances in beneath two months.
The groups stayed tight into the second interval as they see-sawed by way of 5 targets.
Denis Goure tied the sport 1-1 on the 2:06 mark.
Evagelista’s first purpose of the sport got here courtesy of a dump-in by Sean McGurn that took a Bayshore Bounce that the Harry Lumley Bayshore Neighborhood Centre is known for. The puck got here proper out in entrance, and Evangelista out-waited Assault goalie Nick Chenard and scored making it 2-1.
Once more Owen Sound got here again. Servac Petrovsky scored to tie the sport, 2-2.
Evangelista arrange Colton Smith for his OHL rookie-leading eleventh purpose of the 12 months, giving the Knights a 3-2 lead with simply over seven minutes remaining within the second interval. However then a Denis Goure shot hit Cedrick Guindon in entrance and the sport sat tied for a 3rd time.
Ethan Burroughs put the Assault forward for the primary time simply 3:46 into the third interval. Owen Sound held that lead till the 16:11 mark when Evangelista zipped throughout the blue line and ripped a shot excessive, organising additional time and hitting 20 targets.
The Assault outshot London 48-31.
The groups will meet another time earlier than the vacation break, on Friday, December 17, at Budweiser Gardens.
Ex-Knights Austin and Platzer reunited in Tappara
Kyle Platzer and Brady Austin wore the inexperienced and gold of the London Knights on the similar time from October of 2013 to January 8, 2014. Austin was acquired from the Belleville Bulls and Platzer was traded to the Owen Sound Assault. The pair has now discovered themselves in the identical place for the second time of their careers in Finland’s Liiga within the blue, orange and white of Tappara.
Platzer was a draft choose of the Edmonton Oilers and spent three seasons within the American Hockey League and ECHL earlier than shifting to Finland. Austin was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2012 and performed in 5 Nationwide Hockey League video games with Buffalo earlier than ultimately shifting to Europe through the 2018-19 season. Austin has performed in Denmark, the Czech Republic, the KHL and now Finland.
Former Knight Mattinen headed to Universiade
Nic Mattinen did some profitable throughout his Ontario Hockey League profession. He was a part of two OHL championship groups in London and Hamilton. He was a 26-year previous defenceman on the Knights after they gained the Memorial Cup in 2016. Now the Ottawa, Ont., native is headed to the 2021 FISU Winter Universiade in Lucerne, Switzerland from December 11 to 21. Mattinen is at the moment taking part in OUA hockey with the Ottawa Gee Gees. Canada gained bronze on the final Universiade they attended in 2019. They gained gold in 2013.
Carry on the bears
The twentieth annual London Knights Teddy Bear Toss for the Salvation Military is now two video games away. The Knights will host the Sarnia Sting on December 4 at 4 pm at Budweiser Gardens. The primary London purpose of the day will add to an all-time complete of 132,358 stuffed toys collected and distributed to kids within the London, Ont. space since 2001.
The Knights report for bears was set in 2012 when 10,671 toys had been tossed from the stands after a Seth Griffith first interval purpose on December 14 in opposition to the Owen Sound Assault. Griffith additionally scored the sport winner with lower than 4 seconds to go within the third interval in a 3-2 London victory that was a part of their 24-game profitable streak that season.
For the primary time since November 20 the Knights will probably be again house for a pair of video games. London will host the Erie Otters on December 3 at Budweiser Gardens. The Knights knocked off the Otters 7-4 on November 13 in Erie, Penn. That recreation noticed Denver Barkey, Cody Morgan,
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