Five third period goals by the London Knights made the difference in a 7-5 win over the Frontenacs in Kingston on Saturday night.
Add that to an 8-2 loss by the Kitchener Rangers against the Saginaw Spirit at the same time and London is back on top in the Western Conference. They lead the Rangers by one point and the Spirit by two points with two games in hand on each of them heading into the rest of the Family Day long weekend.
With the Knights down 3-2 entering the final period, London got goals from Tonio Stranges and Matvey Guskov that came 16 seconds apart to give London the first lead of the game. Kingston tied the game again on a goal by Francesco Arcuri but then two goals by Luke Evangelista and an empty-netter from Liam Foudy put the game away. A goal in the final minute by Frontenacs forward Vitali Pinchuk put a finishing touch on eight goals over the final 20 minutes.
Evangelista ended the game with two goals and an assist and a first-star selection. Stranges and Markus Phillips each had a goal and an assist and Campbellford, Ont., native and former Frontenac Nathan Dunkley had two assists and was named the game’s second star.
After pouring in four power-play goals against Kitchener on Friday night, Kingston held London quiet on the man advantage on four chances. The Frontenacs went 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Knights outshot Kingston 46-28. Dylan Myskiw earned his first victory since Jan. 11.
The Frontenacs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game on goals by Zayde Wisdom and Dustin Hutton.
Before the end of the first period, the Knights got a goal back. Markus Phillips corralled a puck at the left point and snapped a long shot off the post and in behind Frontenacs goalie Christian Propp to send London to the dressing room down by one.
Knights veteran defenceman Billy Moskal knotted the game 2-2 with a short-handed goal just 18 seconds into the second period. Moskal chased down a loose puck in the Kingston end, cut to the net and scored his 11th goal of the season.
The Frontenacs fought back and jumped in front again as Wisdom kept a puck in at the London blue line and then found Martin Chromiak who fired a puck into the Knight net on a one-timer to make it 3-2 Kingston at the end of 40 minutes.
That set the stage for the wild third period.
London now heads to Ottawa for a Family Day afternoon game against the 67s.