Liam Foudy and Ryan Merkley each scored twice for the London Knights as they kicked off three consecutive road games with a 5-2 victory in Mississauga on Thursday.
Foudy also had two assists giving him the second four-point game of his OHL career.
“You can see the pro player in him,” said Knights assistant coach Rick Steadman.
“He’s a first round pick for a reason and tonight he certainly showed it.”
The Knights co-captain scored a highlight reel goal in the second period and then put the game away with an empty-netter that put his elite speed on full display.
Fellow co-captain Alec Regula had a goal and two assists for London and Connor McMichael stretched his point streak to 12 games with a three assist performance. He also moved into a three-way tie for the OHL scoring lead with Hamilton Bulldog teammates Arthur Kaliyev and Jan Jenik. Jenik is currently on a 21-game point streak.
It wasn’t as easy as all of that might sound.
London fell behind 2-0 early as the Steelheads got goals from Calvin Martin on a rebound and Cole Schwindt on a back-door feed from rookie Luca Del Bel Belluz. Even with the early deficit, Steadman admitted that there didn’t seem to be any worry on the Knights bench.
“I think our guys dug in,” observed Steadman. “They were talking and they felt as though we were all over them and they just kept pushing.
London scored their first goal of the game thanks to some slick passing on the power play late in the first period that was finished off by Merkley as he scored his first goal of the game and his fifth goal of the season on a low slap shot.
Foudy tied the game 2-2 at the 6:33 mark of the second period as he whirled and spun away from two defenders and then sliced between two others and outlasted Kai Edmonds’ stretch to stop him as Foudy went right to left across the edge of the crease as chipped the puck in to give him nine goals this year.
As seconds ticked away in the second period, Foudy carried the puck back into the Mississauga end, fed it to Merkley and he snapped it through Edmonds with 3.6 seconds remaining to send London into the third period with their first lead of the game.
In the third period the Knights got a power play goal from Regula and Foudy’s empty-netter to round out the scoring and limited Mississauga’s chances to the outside.
London went 2-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Dylan Myskiw made 25 saves for his 6th OHL victory.