Two goals by Matvey Guskov helped the London Knights to a 4-1 victory over the Sudbury Wolves on Patrick Kane night at Budweiser Gardens on Friday.
Guskov was five years old and living in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, when Kane was lighting up the Ontario Hockey League to the tune of 145 points in 58 games but he did an awfully nice impression of a Patrick Kane celebration after giving the Knights the lead that they would never give up.
With the score 1-1 in the second period, Guskov zoomed across the Wolves blue line and fired a puck past Sudbury goaltender Christian Purboo. As the puck hit the back of the net Guskov stretched his arms out and glided along the boards on one skate as Kane sometimes did when he was in a London uniform.
Kane’s number 88 went into the rafters before the game celebrating a hockey career that is still producing amazing accolades.
Guskov’s second goal of the night made it 4-1 later in the second period as he found a rebound in the slot after an Alec Regula shot, spun and buried the puck behind Purboo with under a minute to go in the middle frame.
Regula had two assists for London.
Defenceman Ryan Merkley scored his 11th goal of the season on a power play in between the Guskov goals and Jonathan Gruden inched closer to the 20-goal mark as he banged in his own rebound for his 17th of the season in the first period to tie the game 1-1.
David Levin scored the lone goal for the Wolves as he threw a barrage of dekes at the London defence, got to the net and backhanded a puck past Brett Brochu.
Brochu made 28 stops in all as the Knights outshot Sudbury 39-29.
London will host Erie at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.