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KNIGHTS CRUSH SAGINAW’S SPIRIT

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The top two powerplays in the Ontario Hockey League went head-to-head on Friday night at Budweiser Gardens and were kept completely silent as the London Knights defeated the Saginaw Spirit 5-1.

Keep in mind, the Knights and Spirit came into the game with the second- and third-best penalty-killing units in the league and they did their jobs perfectly. London killed off four Saginaw opportunities and the Spirit stuffed both of the Knights chances.

Connor McMichael got the scoring going early as he knocked a rebound out of the air and into the Saginaw net just 31 seconds after the opening face-off for his 10th goal of the season and a 1-0 London lead.

The Spirit tied the game later in the first on a deflection by Ethan Cardwell but London managed to grab the lead back before the horn sounded to end period one.

Antonio Stranges secured a puck behind the Saginaw net and fed it in front to Billy Moskal, who connected for his first goal of the year to make it 2-1.

Liam Foudy scored the only goal of second period and his third in three games since returning from injury as a Bryce Montgomery blast went off Foudy’s stick and past Tristan Lennox and London led 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Josh Nelson of the Knights fired home a rebound just over five minutes into the third period and McMichael’s second of the game into an empty net as London was killing a penalty completed the scoring.

Brett Brochu brought a massive rise from the crowd with a stretch of three saves in the second period. In all, Brochu made 25 stops for his fifth win of the season. The Knights fired 38 shots at Lennox.

London now heads to Erie for a Saturday night game against the Otters.

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