London Knights increases its leadership in the overall ranking of OHL – London | The Canadian News

A three-goal third period led the London Knights to a 5-2 victory over the Spitfires on Wednesday night in Windsor, Ontario.

Tonio Stranges sizzled a pass to the post from Cody Morgan and the veteran deked and scored what would end up being the winning goal at 3:53 of the final period. The goal gave London their first lead at 3-2 and the Knights built from there.

San Jose Sharks prospect Liam Gilmartin hit a Ruslan Gazizov rebound in the air and outplayed Spitfires goalkeeper Matt Tovell at 8:39 of the third to make it 4-2 and Knights defender Gerard Keane , ended the score in an empty net.

The turning point in the game may have come even before the lead goal, courtesy of London captain Luke Evangelista. The Knights had just finished with a penalty late in the second period when Windsor returned to the power game with the Spitfires already leading 2-1.

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London’s Sean McGurn dug the free disc in the Knights’ area and Evangelista lunged forward. McGurn put the puck on Evangelista’s stick and went on a getaway and cut a shot past Tovell for his third low-handed goal of the year to tie the game. It was Evangelista’s ninth point in his last three games.

Windsor’s Will Cuylle opened the scoring as he followed a play into the London area in the first minute of the second period and Dallas Stars draft pick Wyatt Johnston found him for Cuylle’s 14th goal of the year to put up the Spitfires. 1-0.

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London tied the game on the power play just before the midpoint of the second period when Colton Smith found Brody Crane in front of the Spitfires net and Crane scored his fourth goal.

Windsor pushed back on a power play of his own when Brett Brochu made a save only for Wyatt Johnston to free a puck and score at the 12:39 mark of the half period.

Brochu made 35 saves for his 13th league-leading win of 2021-22.

Gazizov had a pair of assists that gave him 11 points in nine OHL games.

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Stranges extended their points streak to eight games and London extended their lead in the Ontario Hockey League overall standings to four points over North Bay Battalion.

The Knights are 14-3-1.

Towards the challenge of the capital city

Denver Barkey, Easton Cowan and Oliver Bonk are preparing to play in one of the most unique hockey tournaments ever played. It will bring together three teams of U-17 players and members of the Canadian women’s national team and will begin on Friday, November 26.

Barkey has two goals and six points for the Knights so far in 2021-22 and will join Oliver Bonk on Team Black. Bonk has spent most of this year with the GOJHL St. Thomas Stars, but made his OHL debut on November 16 in Sarnia, Ontario. Barkey and Bonk will face Easton Cowan and Team Red in their opening game.

Cowan has played two games for the Knights this year and posted one assist. He has made standout plays for the GOJHL Komoka Kings as part of 22 points in 16 games. Barkey, Cowan and Bonk were the Knights’ first three picks in the 2021 OHL Priority Pick.

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Knights fifth in the CHL ranking

A 2-2 week left London two places in the Canadian hockey league rankings. London sits at the top of the Ontario Hockey League rankings at 13-3-1 and sits as the highest ranked OHL team. WHL’s 19-1 Winnipeg Ice holds down the # 1 spot. They are followed by three other Western Hockey League teams – the Everett Silvertips, the Kamloops Blazers and the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Mississauga and North Bay are the other ranked OHL teams. The Steelheads are # 8 and the Battalion # 9.

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Until next time

The Kngihts will stay on tour for two more games as Country Music Week continues in London. The Knights will make their first visit to Guelph on Friday, November 26 to play the Storm. The two teams went into overtime in a game played at Budweiser Gardens on November 9.

A robbery by Danny Zhilkin in the London area ended the game within nine seconds of overtime and gave Guelph the first win of the ten-game season series between the clubs.

The Storm are owners of the most dangerous scorer in OHL: Sasha Pastujov, who has 18 goals in his first 18 games.

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Coverage will begin at 7 pm with the pre-game show on 980 CFPL, at and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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