A big third period from the Saginaw Spirit shot them past the London Knights 6-3 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw on Saturday.
Knights co-captain Alec Regula scored two of the London goals and assisted on the other.
After going 3-for-3 on the power play against Owen Sound on Friday, Regula clicked on the Knights’ first opportunity on the man advantage a night later. Regula took a pass in the slot, pivoted and wristed a puck high into the Spirit net.
A Regula rebound was lifted over Saginaw’s Tristan Lennox in the second period by Cole Tymkin and had London sitting in a good spot, leading 2-0.
Back-to-back Spirit power plays began to grow some momentum for Saginaw late in the second period and they finally broke through courtesy of Cole Perfetti who netted his second goal of the season and second the game to the third period with London ahead 2-1.
A hard forecheck from the Spirit kept that momentum building in period three and they tied the game on a tip-in from Damien Giroux. Blade Jenkins gave Saginaw the lead and then a goal-line plunge made it 4-2 for Saginaw. Those three goals came less than 10 minutes apart.
Regula got the Knights back to within one goal with just over three minutes remaining in regulation as he scored seconds after the Knights had pulled the goalie. Jonathan Gruden jumped onto the ice as the extra attacker, scooped up the puck and fed Regula in the slot.
The empty-net magic didn’t work a second time as Cole Coskey scored with Brochu back on the London bench.
Giroux ended the scoring with just 2.3 seconds remaining.
The loss ends a 3-0-1 run by the Knights and sends them home for games against Windsor and Kingston on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19.
London outshot the Spirit 41-34 in the game.