London Knights are now 9-0-0 to start 2021-22 – London | The Canadian News

Luke Evangelista’s goal was near the end of his first inning in overtime.

He had played all kinds of minutes during the first 60, trying to create offense in a very tight game and with very few touchdowns.

Evangelista slipped the puck into his own zone and could have skidded it to the center, tossed it, and turned onto the bench for a change.

It did not.

The Nashville Predators second-round player decided to take advantage of the fact that his opponents had been on the ice as he raced down the right wing, stepped up and fired a short shot into the side of the lanky Owen Sound Attack, Nick Chenard. London Knights won 2-1 in overtime on Friday night at Budweiser Gardens.

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The goal and victory pushed London’s record to 9-0-0 to start the 2021-22 season.

The Knights limited the attack to just 16 shots over 60 minutes, but Brett Brochu was called in to make several important saves. Neither was bigger than a big save with 12 seconds left in regulation time.

A puck that had been thrown high into the air fell just above the left control marks in the London area and Servac Petrovsky was there to catch it and instantly was right on top of Brochu, attacking and trying to get Brochu to compromise. . Brochu stayed next to Petrovsky and pounced like an eagle as he caught Petrovsky’s attempted shot with his glove.

That stop ultimately allowed London to go into overtime and win.

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A fumble just inside the Owen Sound blue line led to the first goal of the game. The puck came off a body of Ruslan Gazizov of the Knights and made a false fast head and then dropped a pass to Bryce Montgomery, who threw a puck into the net. Nick Chenard made the save, but the rebound bounced to the left of Attack’s net, where Cody Morgan buried his third goal of the year for a 1-0 lead in London.

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After the Knights killed two Owen Sound power plays in the second period, the Attack enforced the “three times a charm” rule and got his third chance. Ethan Burroughs primed Servac Petrovsky and hit a high shot into the London net to square the game 1-1 in 40 minutes.

The Knights outshot Owen Sound 35-18 overall and are now 5-0 against Attack with five games remaining between the teams.

Three for the capital city challenge

Three of the youngest London Knights will take part in one of the most unique hockey tournaments ever held.

Three U-17 teams from the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will meet in a four-team round robin that will include a team comprised of members of the Canadian women’s national team.

Denver Barkey, Easton Cowan and Oliver Bonk will be part of the OHL Team. Barkey has played eight games for the Knights this season. Cowan is playing for the Komoka Kings this year. Bonk is also on the GOJHL as a member of the St. Thomas Stars. The Capital City Challenge will take place in Ottawa, Ontario, from November 26 to December 1.

London Ontario. – Former London Knights track coach Doug Stacey is honored at Budweiser Gardens on November 5 (From left to right: Chris Maton, Rick Steadman, Dylan Hunter, Doug Stacey, Dale Hunter).

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First two times

Two members of the 2019-20 Knights scored their first goals in the National Hockey League last week. Ryan Merkley scored San Jose’s second goal in a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabers on Nov. 2. London assistant coach Rick Steadman described it as: “A classic goal (from Merkley). Nice little move down the line, float one through, get five or six deflections and go in. “

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McMichael found the back of the net for the Washington Capitals to tie their game 4-4 against the Florida Panrhers on November 4. The goal was set by Alex Ovechkin and Brett Leason and forced overtime in a game that was ultimately won by Florida. overtime. McMichael scored 91 goals and 190 points in 179 OHL games.

Until next time

The Knights will cross the border into the United States on November 6 for the first time since Sunday, March 1, 2020. Only six players who played for London in that game are still on the roster now and another two are on the National. Hockey League (Ryan Merkley and Connor McMichael.)

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A trip to Flint will turn the Knights against the Flint Firebirds. Flint was next on the London calendar when OHL announced the 2019-20 season stoppage.

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This year’s edition of the Firebirds features former London Knight Sahil Panwar and former 2019 second overall pick Brennan Othman.

Coverage will begin at 7pm on Saturday at 980 CFPL, at and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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