Knights’ captain Robert Thomas scored three times and London goalie, Joseph Raaymakers didn’t let anyone score at all as the Knights blanked the Firebirds 9-0 at Budweiser Gardens on Friday.
The win came exactly two weeks after an 8-2 victory over Flint in the very same place.
Thomas, Evan Bouchard, Cliff Pu and Alex Formenton all had three-point games. All four had played the night before in Owen Sound in the Canada/Russia series.
The win by the Knights, coupled with the loss by Flint and a loss by the Saginaw Spirit in Mississauga, moves London clear of both teams in the OHL standings and within three points of the Erie Otters for seventh overall in the Western Conference.
Friday’s game began with a heartfelt Remembrance Day ceremony that honoured Chief Warrant Officer William Schussler, Naval veteran Bob Hanson, Sam Carr of the Royal Canadian Regiment, Master Warrant Officer Edward Carr, Retired Chief Warrant Officer Bill Edwards and military veterans, Leo Young and Rey Lachance.
As the military personnel left the ice, the Knights players lined the red carpet to shake hands with each and every member of the military in attendance as they exited.
How the goals were scored:
After a tight start to the game and a 0-0 score through just over fifteen minutes, London forward, Tyler Rollo started the scoring with his first goal as a Knight. He faded away from traffic to the left side of the Firebirds’ zone and shot a puck at the net and it hit off the post to the glove side of Flint goalie, Garrett Forrest and got London on the board.
Just 46 seconds later, Knights’ captain Robert Thomas glided into the high slot and whipped a wrist shot off the other post and past Forrest to make it 2-0 London.
The second period began with more quick scoring work from the Knights. Richard Whittaker went into the Firebirds’ end on a 2-on-1 and played give and take with Cliff Pu until Whittaker was left with a tap-in for his second career OHL goal and just 27 seconds into the period, the Knights were ahead 3-0.
At the 2:31 mark, Pu batted home an Evan Bouchard pass right in front of the net to push the London lead to four…
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