What a wild one it was for the London Knights as, they took down the Owen-Sound Attack 7-2 in a penalty filled game.
You knew this was going to be a good game to watch as soon as the puck hit the ice. Both teams came out flying exchanging chances. It was a scoreless first period with many scoring chances for both sides. Then the second period showed up and that’s where the floodgates opened, and it was not just on the scoreboard. Both teams stepped up on their level of physicality and the officials began to call penalties. The Knights would strike first and draw first blood but, Owen-Sound threw the first punch. Lots of scraps after whistles, coincidental penalties left and right, a fight, it almost gave you that playoff game feeling.
The London Knights were the better team, they showed discipline. If you’re trying to make sense out of this here is a better way of understanding it, The Knights may have fought back and fell for the Attack’s antics a few times but, the differences is the Knights had good timing. Meaning that they fought back but, when they had to. Owen-Sound was looking for trouble and they didn’t always find it. At the beginning of the game it made sense you want to establish dominance and have players accountable for certain cheap shots. Once the Knights had a commanding 3-0 lead that’s when the Attack lost the game because, they were still playing with a chip on their shoulder… Making hits they didn’t have to make, face washing, slashing, and of course punching when they didn’t have to. They let the Knights know that they got into their heads and, once the Knights figured that out… the game got away from them.
As a team the Knights did exactly what a team does and, that’s sticking up for each other. They didn’t do it by throwing punches, they did it by skating away, and by lighting them up on the scoreboard. The London Knights are even more dangerous than they were earlier this season… They have chemistry and lots of it!
“We finally have things figured out, everyone is contributing, and our power play has developed some chemistry and that’s huge for us.”
Those were the words of Liam Foudy, who had a great night! He’s not wrong the Knights number one power play unit was lethal tonight and with the addition of Paul Cotter not too long ago you would think they would still be lacking chemistry but, they’re not…
Jordan Kooy knew he needed to play big tonight and, did he ever! The guy was a wall and was seeing everything. When you have a defensive core like the Knights it’s easy to see the puck. When looking at the way the Knights defend, obviously their size helps but, every single player on the ice has a man covered and, both Kooy and Raaymakers hardly have troubles finding the puck. Kooy got scored on twice late in the game but, his performance was still good enough to earn him the third star of the game. After waving to the crowd to acknowledge them after the game the third star didn’t have a problem making the smaller fans happy.
The London Knights are now on an 11 game winning streak and their plan to keep it going is simple…
“We gotta take it one game at a time.”
The Knights will have the day off tomorrow and travel to Windsor on Sunday to take on the Spitfires.