Two goals from Luke Evangelista and three assists by Connor McMichael helped the London Knights to knock off the Niagara Ice Dogs 6-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Back on home ice and playing for the third time in 48 hours, the Knights kept things simple and earned their second victory and fifth point out of six available over a jam-packed, three-day run.
“I hope it’s the turnaround that we needed,” London forward Billy Moskal said following the game. “We weren’t happy with a .500 record and getting five points is big in helping us to try to move up in the standings.”
The Knights got a goal from Evangelista in the first period and then another from the second-year forward in the second period. Defenceman Hunter Skinner connected on a power-play blast as well to send London into the third period ahead 3-1.
“For us to come out and play like we did after the overtime and shootout last night and then a long bus ride back, I thought we played great and had really good energy,” said Evangelista. He now has five goals and 11 assists through the first 12 games of this season.
His linemate Connor McMichael will merit consideration for OHL Player of the Week honours for a second time this season after recording eight points this weekend on four goals and four assists. McMichael, a Washington Capitals prospect, is averaging better than two points per game. He has 13 goals and 13 assists so far. Last year, McMichael had a similarly even 36 goals and 36 assists over the entire year.
The Knights blew things open in the third period with breakaway goals by Ryan Merkley and Matvey Guskov and Jonathan Gruden to Cole Tymkin bang-bang play at the net.
Ivan Lodnia scored both goals for the Ice Dogs. One came on a power play and the other came seconds after a Niagara man advantage had ended.
Brett Brochu picked up his sixth victory in net for London as he stopped 24 of 26 shots.
Christian Sbaraglia faced 28 shots in the Ice Dogs net.