Ryan Merkley scored once and set up two others as the London Knights knocked off the Sting 5-2 in Sarnia on Saturday afternoon.
The victory was London’s 12th in their last 13 tries. The loss was the 16th for the Sting in their last 17 games.
It was also the first career win in goal for Matt Onuska who made 21 saves for the Knights. The game was Onuska’s first career start for London.
Alec Regula connected on a pair of power play goals and Connor McMichael continued his recent tear as he had three assists to run his point streak to a dozen games. The Washington prospect has at least one point in every game he has played for the Knights since returning from the Czech Republic after winning gold with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
McMichael kicked off the scoring as he set up Billy Moskal with a nifty little drop pass on the right side of the Sarnia zone and Moskal ripped a shot past Ethan Langevin to make it 1-0 at the 7:57 mark of the opening period. Merkley picked up the second assist.
Merkley then moved into a tie for second in OHL defenceman scoring as he set up Alec Regula for Regula’s 16th goal of the season and London went to the dressing room ahead by a pair.
Ryan McGregor zipped a pass across the London crease to Sean Josling and lifted a puck over Onuska to cut the Knights lead in half early in the second period.
London came right back with a goal from Merkley that moved him into sole possession of second place in defenceman scoring as he took a pass from Matvey Guskov and beat Langevin with a shot from the slot. It gave Merkley his 250th point in the Ontario Hockey League.
Liam Foudy increased the Knights lead to 4-1 just 26 seconds after Merkley’s goal.
Sarnia found a way to score early in the third period to tighten the gap again as Ryan McDonald snapped a shot by Onuska from the high slot to make it 4-2.
Regula wrapped up the scoring with his 17th of the season with under two minutes remaining in the game.
The Knights outshot Sarnia 49-23.
London will visit the Niagara IceDogs on February 4 in St. Catharines.