Very few things in life come easily.

Even tying your shoes takes some practice at first.

Right now, nothing feels easy for the London Knights. After falling 4-1 to Sault Ste. Marie at Budweiser Gardens on Friday, the Knights were beaten 5-2 by the Otters in Erie on Saturday.

The two teams have lived parallel lives through the past four seasons. Winning has seemed to be easy. Almost automatic.

In a four-year span, London and the Otters have posted a combined winning percentage of .743.

That is unheard of in junior hockey. In a very cyclical league where you only tend to have players for three or four seasons, sustaining that kind of a stretch is a lot like hanging in through a marathon of “Pets do the darndest things”. It gets hard after a while.

But the Knights and Otters have done it. London won the OHL championship two seasons ago and went on the win the Memorial Cup.

Erie came within a period of the Ontario Hockey League trifecta last year: regular season champions, OHL champions and Memorial Cup champions.

In 2017-18, the teams have been in a similar spot — one where the wins and chances haven’t been plentiful. The Otters win ended a five-game winless streak for them, dating back to their first game of the season. It handed London their fifth consecutive defeat.

With the Knights on a power play, late in the first period, Kyle Maksimovich caused a turnover in the London zone and set up Jordan Sambrook, who rifled a shot past Jordan Kooy for a 1-0 Erie lead.

Sam Miletic got that back for the London Knights in the second period, thanks to some hard work on the forecheck from Tyler Rollo, who recorded his first point as a Knight on Miletic’s first goal of the season. Rollo fed Tim Fallowfield from the right side and his shot was blocked, but bounced right to Miletic and he banged the puck past Troy Timpano from in close, and the game was tied 1-1.

Maksimovich gave Erie the lead a second time as he went hard into the London zone after a dump in and got a fortunate bounce off the end boards that came right to him on the left side of the zone. The Hamilton native wound up and slapped it past Kooy to make it 2-1 for the Otters.

London got two early power plays in the third period, but it was Erie who got their third goal of the game as Ivan Lodnia scored short-handed to make it 3-1…

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The Knights will return home to take on the Windsor Spitfires on Friday, October 13th at 7:30pm  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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