Four points from Connor McMichael, three points from Liam Foudy and two goals by Ryan Merkley resulted in one hard-fought victory for the London Knights.
McMichael scored the game-winning goal with 1:05 remaining in the third period as the Knights defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-3 at Budweiser Gardens on Friday night.
That goal and McMichael’s three assists moved him into the lead in the Ontario Hockey League scoring race, two points clear of Arthur Kaliyev. The Washington Capitals’ first-rounder is now just two goals away from 20 on the season.
McMichael is currently on an eight-game point streak that has seen him put up 10 goals and 14 assists. He also has a goal for Team OHL from the Canada/Russia series that he scored on Nov. 7 in Kitchener and will play for Team OHL a second time on Nov. 11 in front of his home fans in London.
Foudy was a close runner-up in point production for the Knights with a goal and two assists and Merkley helped to get the offence going in a game that was becoming the Joe Vrbetic show.
The Battalion goaltender kept London off the board for more than a period and a half.
Merkley’s first goal deflected off a skate behind Vrbetic to cut a 2-0 North Bay lead in half.
The San Jose Sharks prospect then tied the game on a beautifully placed wrister early in the third period on a Knights power play.
Foudy put London ahead 3-2 at 10:04 of the third, only to have Matthew Struthers of the Battalion tie the game with less than three minutes remaining.
That set the stage for more McMichael heroics. A week ago he scored a game-tying goal late against Erie and then produced the winner in overtime in a six-point performance.
London outshot the Battalion 50-17. Dylan Myskiw picked up his third consecutive victory in net.
The Knights honoured members of the Canadian military before the game, including three veterans who served in the Second World War. As is tradition during London’s Remembrance ceremony at Budweiser Gardens, Knights coaches, players and staff lined the red carpet to shake the hands of all military personal as they exited the ice surface prior to the game.