Ask anyone around the London Knights organization and Luke Evangelista has been doing anything and everything that the team could ask for.
He kills penalties, he is excellent defensively, he works hard on and off the ice and his positive attitude is infectious.
Ask Evangelista and there was something missing: an Ontario Hockey League goal.
On Saturday, Evangelista changed that. The second-year forward scored his first career goal and then followed it up with two more for his first OHL hat trick and a 6-3 Knights win over the Kingston Frontenacs.
Connor McMichael and Evangelista billet together in London and it was McMichael who put the puck on Evangelista’s stick at 7:51 of the first period and Evangelista tapped it home for goal number one.
McMichael and Alec Regula combined to set up Evangelista’s second of the game to put the Knights ahead to stay very early on. Those goals erased a 1-0 Kingston lead. Dennis Golovatchev scored on the first shot of the game for the Frontenacs after he gobbled up a giveaway at the edge of the London crease.
Liam Foudy put the Knights up 3-1 early in the second period with his second goal in his second game back from injury as he scored on a Peter Forsberg-like move as he went speeding to the Kingston net.
Nathan Dunkley made it 4-1 Knights with a deke of his own against his former team.
In the third period, the Frontenacs pulled to within a pair on a goal by Francesco Arcuri at 3:37 only to have Evangelista grab a puck and roof it for his third of the day and a 5-2 London lead.
Vitali Pinchuk and Connor McMichael exchanged goals before the end of the game.
Michael leads the Knights in scoring with 18 points on the season.
London outshot Kingston 40-19. Brett Brochu earned his fourth victory of the year in the Knight net.