London Knights forward Connor McMichael scored three goals, added three assists and scored the overtime winner as the Knights defeated the Erie Otters 7-6 on Friday.
McMichael copied some of the script of former Knight Matthew Tkachuk and his heroics with the Calgary Flames on Thursday in Nashville. Both found their team down by a goal late in the third period and managed to tie the game and then scored the game winner in OT.
McMichael now has 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 13 games and that has him one point back of Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs for the overall OHL scoring lead.
If you had asked anyone in attendance on Hockey Fights Cancer night whether the game had a chance to end as dramatically as it did, they would have doubted it.
London controlled the majority of the play in the first period and emerged with a 3-0 lead on goals by Nathan Dunkley, Jonathan Gruden and Alec Regula. The Knights outshot the Otters 16-5.
The complexion of the game changed in a 15-second span in the second period as Hayden Fowler and Mathew MacDougall scored one after another to cut the London lead to a goal.
Very quickly, Jonathan Gruden restored London’s two-goal lead by banging in his own rebound at 5:22 of the second period. Those goals came within a span of one minute and five seconds.
Erie kept coming and tied the game on goals by Kurtis Henry and Emmett Sproule.
McMichael’s first goal of the night made it 5-4 heading into the third period.
Henry’s second goal tied the game again before Daniel D’Amato gave Erie their first lead at 5:15 of period three.
That saw newly-acquired Dylan Myskiw enter the London net in place of Brett Brochu. Myskiw was traded from Sarnia to London earlier in the week for a conditional third-round pick for Jordan Kooy.
Myskiw faced only two shots over the remainder of the third period before being lifted for an extra attacker as London went to a late power play.
That led to McMichael’s tying goal on a rebound and set the stage for more dramatics as he won it on a wrist shot at 3:04 of overtime.
Myskiw made a save on a 2-on-0 prior to the goal.
The Knights have now picked up nine of 10 points over their past five games.
London outshot the Otters 43-29.