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STRANGES AND MCMICHAEL ‘STEEL’ THE SHOW IN HAMILTON

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Antonio Stranges, Connor McMichael and Jonathan Gruden handled all of the goal scoring duties for the Knights in a 7-3 road victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday.

Both McMichael and Gruden already had fond memories of the First Ontario Centre.

It was McMichael’s first home in the Ontario Hockey League after the Bulldogs made him their first-round pick in 2017 and Gruden’s father led Hamilton to their first OHL championship as head coach later that same season.

In a game that saw the Knights pick up where they left off in a 6-2 win over the Erie Otters at Budweiser Gardens on Saturday, McMichael posted a hat trick, Gruden scored the first two goals of his OHL career and Stranges added two more, giving him four over the back-to-back games London played this weekend.

McMichael scored a total of five goals over the two games and now has seven on the year which has him leading the OHL in goals this season.

Ryan Merkley continued to pile up points for the Knights with three more assists. He now has five in his first two games in green and gold.

London’s power play went 3-for-6 in the game and is now clicking at 31.2 per cent this season. McMichael had two of the three and also scored short-handed.

Brett Brochu made his second consecutive start in goal and turned aside 30 of 33 Hamilton shots for his second career victory.

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