The Peterborough Petes made it clear from the drop of the puck they wanted to play a physical game. In the first 2 minutes it didn’t seem like a bad idea but, at the end of the game it came back to haunt them. While the Petes wanted to be physical, the Knights wanted to stick to the script. The Knights are known to have a fast and efficient style of play, and that’s exactly what they did. After out shooting the Petes 13-8 in the opening frame the Knights had a 4 goal cushion, and never looked back.
” We kept our cool, and I think all four lines were rolling tonight. It would be nice now if we could tighten up a bit more defensively but, this is definitely a good start to the weekend for our team. We have to give ourselves credit we played a fast clean game, and we have to keep it up heading into Guelph and Erie.”
Said Alex Formenton, he had 2 of the 4 goals that were scored in the first period. He also had a new line, Paul Cotter made his London Knights/OHL debut and he was playing center alongside Formenton and Liam Foudy. If you thought Formenton and Foudy didn’t have enough attention from the other teams before, well they definitely did tonight. This line is normally centered by Josh Nelson but, tonight they basically had a super line. This line had a total of 4 points in this 7-3 win.
Paul Cotter did not have a point tonight but, he did show promise in his debut. You can tell he is a hard worker and he creates a lot of opportunities/scoring chances. His puck control is very good, not the biggest guy out there but, with his skill set size doesn’t matter. This was definitely a good signing for the Knights.
Cotter didn’t just celebrate his first OHL win tonight, he also celebrated his 19th birthday. Not only was his first win special but, the postgame was even better. The Knights showed once again how classy they are as an organization. This was Paul Cotter after the game.
“I normally don’t look up into the stands when I play but, tonight I took a peak and it was special. I was just like “oh my gosh” it’s definitely special to play here and it was a great positive atmosphere, and I’m already looking forward to the next home game.”
The Knights will have a bit more of a challenge when they take on the Guelph Storm, who aren’t to far back from the Knights in the standings. Then, on Sunday they’ll take on the Erie Otters and the Knights will look to be on a 9 game winning streak by the end of this weekend.