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KNIGHTS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AGAINST ATTACK

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Barret Kirwan’s second goal of the game came in overtime and gave the visiting Owen Sound Attack a 5-4 victory over the London Knights on Friday night at Budweiser Gardens.

Kirwan got into the high slot in the first minute of OT and ripped a hard shot past London goalie Jordan Kooy for the game-winner.

Just getting to overtime was a feat by the Knights, who erased two three-goal deficits with four goals in the middle period.

Three of those goals came on the man advantage, giving London the edge in a battle of two of the OHL’s top power plays. London went 3-for-3 in the game.

Owen Sound came into London with the best power-play stats in the league but was kept off the scoreboard, going 0-for-3.

The Attack raced out to a 3-0 lead before the game was nine minutes old on goals by Ethan Burroughs, Kaleb Pearson and 2019 first-rounder Deni Goure.

As Jordan Kooy replaced Brett Brochu in net, the shots were 8-3 in favour of Owen Sound. The shots were 48-18 the rest of the way.

Co-captain Alec Regula got London’s first goal as he cut in front of the Attack net and put a shot high over Mack Guzda in the Attack net.

That was followed by Kirwan’s first of the night to push the Owen Sound lead back to three.

Cole Tymkin’s first of the season closed the gap to a pair once again and then a seeing-eye pass from Connor McMichael found Jonathan Gruden at the side of the net for Gruden’s third goal of the season. Then, 2:25 later, Matvey Guskov scored to tie the game 4-4.

London outshot the Attack 29-5 in the second period alone.

The game tightened up in the third as the teams went scoreless to bring on overtime.

McMichael and Antonio Stranges each had two assists to keep them first and second in Knights scoring. McMichael has eight goals and 14 points in six games. Stranges has five goals and four assists in six games.

Regula ended the night with a goal and an assist.

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