A great save at one end turns into a great goal at the other.
It’s Murphy’s Law of hockey and it helped the London Knights get off to their best start since the 2011-12 season.
London goalkeeper Brett Brochu stole Ty Voit in extra time when Voit unleashed a single half at 2v1 and Brochu crossed to stop him.
Seconds later, Sean McGurn finished the game with his second goal of the game and his third of the season as the Knights improved to 5-0 with a 5-4 victory.
The game also featured a three-goal comeback from Sarnia and a Colton Smith hat trick.
It was Smith’s first hat trick in the Ontario Hockey League and he tied him with Sarnia’s Nolan Burke for the league lead in goals. Burke scored the last two goals in regulation time to bring the Sting back after London took a 4-1 lead.
Smith opened the scoring for the second game in a row and then scored twice in the second period when he hit a puck in front of Sarnia’s net and then surprised Sarnia goalkeeper and San Jose Sharks prospect Ben Gaudreau with a shot from acute angle that ended in the Sting net.
Smith now has five goals in his last two games after scoring two against Windsor on Friday.
Smith’s first goal was a tough snapshot under the bar that had to be reviewed before it fully counted. He did so and gave Smith their third goal in two games and London a 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, the Sting tied the game with a short-handed steal on the London winger from Brayden Guy, who beat Brett Brochu point-blank and tied the score 1-1.
The Knights came out on fire in the second period and, by the half, they had a 9-1 advantage in shooting.
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Just eighteen seconds after Smith hit his hat trick, Sean McGurn scored his second goal of the season and his second in two games at the 9:15 mark of intermission. That gave London a three-goal lead and woke up Sarnia, who outshot the Knights 11-4 the rest of the way in the center draw. They cut the lead in London with a goal from Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Ty Voit, who scored on a rebound.
Sarnia struggled all the way back thanks to Nolan Burke, who scored at 8:17 of the third after a puck came off a pile behind the Knights’ net and then claimed a short-lived breakaway with 3:38 remaining. in regulation time.
That paved the way for three minutes and 26 seconds of overtime that featured just two shots: Brochu’s save and McGurn’s goal.
Brochu extended his personal winning streak to 14 games with 29 stops on the night. Gaudreau made 32 stops for the Sting.
The Knights were 2 of 5 on the power play and a perfect 3 of 3 on penalty.
Brochu still warm
Brett Brochu’s record rookie season ended with nine straight wins and wins in 22 of 23 games. You might think that having a year and a half between OHL games could act as a cool-down period, but Brochu is still on fire. He has stopped 153 of 166 shots so far and stretched his personal winning streak to 14 and has now earned a win in 27 of his last 28 games. Brochu spent the 2020-21 season in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and his attitude and work ethic in practice earned him a start in Wilkes-Barre’s final game of the year and a ticket to camp. rookies for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Happy 14-6 anniversary
On October 16, 2006, the London Knights played one of the most memorable away games in team history. They traveled to the historic little St. Mike’s Arena in Toronto, Ontario, and swept the St. Michael’s Majors 14-6. Current Knights assistant coach Dyland Hunter scored two goals and had two assists, and Dave Bolland had six assists. AJ Perry posted a triplet. The big day belonged to Rob Schremp, who tied the Knights’ record for the most points in a single game with eight. That team became famous for using five forwards in the power play and would go all the way to the OHL Championship series against Peterborough Petes.
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Until next time
London will face Owen Sound for the third time at 21-22 when the teams meet on October 22 at 7:30 pm at Budweiser Gardens. The Knights and Attack opened the season with a home and home series that saw London win twice by identical scores of 4-3. Sean McGurn won the Knights at home and opened the season with the only goal from a shootout on October 8 and Abakar Kazbekov scored his first goal at OHL with just over four minutes remaining the following night at Owen Sound.
The broadcast schedule will be at 7:00 pm at 980 CFPL, at http://www.980cpl.ca and in the Radioplayer Canada application.
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