The Oshawa Generals held off the London Knights on Friday, beating them 5-3 at Budweiser Gardens.

Two goals in a span of 1:30 turned a 1-0 London lead into a 2-1 deficit and the Knights could not catch up after that.

After Oshawa opened up a two-goal lead, the Knights pushed back to within one, twice, but even a late flurry on a power play with the London net empty failed to find an equalizer.

The loss kept Knights head coach Dale Hunter from becoming the third OHL coach to reach 700 regular season victories in his career. It also kept London from leapfrogging the Saginaw Spirit in the standings.

Jack Studnicka had two goals and two assists for the Generals to lead the way offensively in the game.

Evan Bouchard and Robert Thomas each had a goal and an assist for the Knights. Sam Miletic added a pair of assists as well.

The Generals outshot London 33-28.

How the goals were scored

Max Jones picked up his third goal in two games just over two minutes into the opening period. Like the two he scored in Guelph on Sunday, it came in tight from a tough angle. While standing on the goal line to the left of the Oshawa net, Jones squeezed a backhand between the post and Generals goalie Cole Ceci for a 1-0 London lead.

Oshawa scored power play goals exactly 90 seconds apart to tie the game and then take the lead. Switzerland’s Nico Gross got the first one on a two-man advantage and then Kyle MacLean got the second one before the Knights returned to full strength.

Renars Krastenbergs put Oshawa ahead 3-1 at 14:29 of the first period as he scored off a turnover in the London zone.

The Knights closed the gap to 3-2 in the second period as an old fashioned big save at one end turned into a goal at the other. London goalie, Joseph Raaymakers robbed Oshawa on a 2-on-1 and things zipped back the other way where Robert Thomas fed Evan Bouchard for a tap-in to make it 3-2.

Before the end of the second period, Boston Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka grabbed a puck in centre ice and kept it on a 2-on-1, firing a shot off the post and in and the Generals led by two through forty minutes.

London captain Robert Thomas closed the gap to a goal for a second time just 44 seconds into the third period as he banked a shot off a skate and then the pad of Ceci and across the goal line…

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The Knights will return home to take on the North Bay Battalion on Saturday, December 2 at 7:00pm for the annual Teddy Bear Toss Game.  Tickets can be purchased in person at the Aluminum Associates London Knights Armoury, at the OMAC Mortgages London Knights Box Office, over the phone by calling 519-681-0800 EXT. 1, or by CLICKING HERE.

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