Luke Evangelista scored twice and Brett Brochu made 33 saves as the London Knights defeated the Owen Sound Attack 4-1 on Wednesday night in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Evangelista now has seven goals on the season and the Knights now have seven straight wins to start the 2021-22 season.
Four of those victories came at the expense of the attack.
Evangelista started the scoring when he forced a fumble on the Owen Sound blue line, reached the net, deflected and scored his sixth goal of the year to make London 1-0 at 7:32 in the opening period.
Just one minute and 26 seconds later, Cody Morgan intercepted a pass on his own blue line, passed the puck to Max McCue and McCue and Tonio Stranges headed to the Attack side on a 2v2. McCue sent a pass to Stranges and he landed a shot that was stopped by Attack goalkeeper Corbin Votary’s pad, but McCue smashed the net for the rebound and managed to score his second of the game and put London up 2-0.
Before the end of the opening period, Tonio Stranges landed a famous rebound from Bayshore on a shot that went wide on a London power play. (The end boards are known to be very lively at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center) The puck bounced off the Owen Sound crease and Colton Smith of the Knights hit it to make it 3-0 in London. The goal was Smith’s sixth of the year, tying him for OHL Rookie’s goal-scoring lead over Calum Ritchie of the Oshawa Generals.
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London appeared to go ahead 4-0 in what would have been Bryce Montgomery’s first goal in the Ontario Hockey League, but the play was revised and canceled due to an earlier offside on the play.
Not long after, the Attack scored a goal in the second period on a power play when Denis Goure converted a pass through the slot to put Owen Sound to two.
Owen Sound fired 17 shots at Knight’s net in the intermission period and Brochu stayed strong and then London came out with a strong defensive effort in the third period as they kept the Attack to eight shots that Brochu stopped on his way to being named the player. of the game. first star.
The Tilbury, Ontario native even received an assist on Evangelista’s second goal of the night on empty net.
The Knights edged Owen Sound 35-33.
Both teams were 1 of 3 in the power play.
They will meet for the fifth time this season on November 5 in London, Ontario.
Crane suspended three games
London rookie forward Brody Crane received a three-game suspension from the OHL for an incident that took place in the Knights’ 2-1 win over Owen Sound on October 22 at Budweiser Gardens.
Crane and Attack’s captain Mark Woolley were running after a puck in the Owen Sound area that was heading for an ice call. When they entered the attack zone, Crane made contact with Woolley, who is from St. Thomas, Ontario, and Woolley fell and crashed into the end boards.
Woolley initially went to the bank but eventually left the game and did not return. He did not play in the next Owen Sound game. Crane received a penalty greater than five minutes for tackling the play.
The Knights moved up one spot in the Canadian Hockey League rankings and remain the highest ranked team in the OHL heading into Week 4 of the season.
London is behind the Quebec Remparts 8-1-0, the Winnipeg Ice 10-0-0 and the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-2-1. Winnipeg might have more to say about where they sit. Not only are they perfect in 10 games, but they have outscored their opponents 61-18, which means they are averaging more than six goals per game and allowing less than two per game.
The Knights have gone from sixth to fifth to fourth overall in successive weeks.
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Another fast start for Evangelista
The Knights have had their best start to the season since 2004-05 and are being led offensively by captain Luke Evangelista, who has a six-game-point streak that has seen him rack up five goals and five assists.
Evangelista also got off to a quick start in 2019-20 when he added 11 points in his first nine games, highlighted by his first OHL goal in that ninth game against Kingston Frontenacs. That goal was quickly followed by two more, as Evangelista recorded his first hat trick that same afternoon.
He finished the shortened season with 23 goals and 61 points and was selected in the second round of the 2020 NHL Inning Draft by the Nashville Predators.
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Until next time
The Knights have another light weekend on the calendar. For the second Saturday and Sunday in a row, they have no games. That leaves Friday October 29 in a major tent, as London hosts the Sarnia Sting at 7:30 pm. Teams went into overtime at Sarnia on Oct. 16 in Sarnia, where a big save from Brett Brochu at one end of the ice led to Luke Evangelista finding Sean McGurn at the other end for the winner of the game as the Knights overcame to Sting 5-4. .
This will be the second of 10 meetings between the clubs in 2021-22.
Coverage will begin at 7 pm at 980 CFPL, in http://www.980cfpl.ca and in the Radioplayer Canada application.
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