J.J. Piccinich and Sam Miletic each recorded a goal and an assist as the London Knights kept their push for 100 points and third place in the West alive with a 3-2 road victory over the Firebirds on Saturday night.

Before and during the game, the schedule for Flint’s first round series against the Soo Greyhounds appeared over and over on the video scoreboard above centre ice, but the Firebirds were a whole lot more focused on what was happening on the ice than they were what was coming up for them next week, and they made it anything but an easy on London.

The Knights and the Firebirds flew through three quarters of the first period like two teams who couldn’t wait for the playoffs to arrive.

London broke through on a goal from their captain, as J.J. Piccinich went to the net with just over four minutes to go and tipped a Sam Miletic shot past Connor Hicks to give his team a 1-0 London lead.

Two minutes and one second after that, it was Piccinich who made the play to put the Knights up 2-0. He carried the puck across the Firebirds’ blue line and made a move to the outside and then spotted fellow Maple Leafs’ prospect, Nic Mattinen cruising into the slot. Piccinich put the puck on Mattinen’s stick and he buried his second goal of the season.

As time wound down in the first period, former Knight, Kole Sherwood rifled a pass up the middle of the ice to Ryan Moore and he went in on a breakaway, only to be stopped by Tyler Parsons in the London net…

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