London Knights edged at home by Windsor Spitfires
A wise individual once challenged anyone to take a video of a hockey game, remove all of the goals and then try to determine the winner.
Other than the obvious 50/50 chance of being right, it is virtually impossible to do.
The London Knights and Windsor Spitfires became living proof of that statement on Friday night at Budweiser Gardens as Windsor edged London 2-1 to sweep a home-and-home series between the teams.
London dominated things like puck possession and scoring chances, outshooting the Spitfires 39-11, but coming up one goal short.
After playing what the coaching staff felt was their best game of the season in a 3-1 loss in Windsor on Thursday, the Knights went a few notches better in their building, but were left with the same result.
How the goals went in
Short-handed. Aaron Luchuk scored one and set up another with the Spitfires down a man.
The Knights dominated control of the puck in period one and outshot Windsor 11-3, but with London on a power play, Luchuk stole a puck in centre ice and made use of a breakaway, deking and netting his ninth of the season.
In the second period, Luchuk carried the puck down the ice with the Spitfires down a man again. He carried across the London line, skated across the high slot and fed Chris Playfair, who had gone to the side of the London net and he made it 2-0.
The Knights kept pressing as the third period rolled along and made use of a power play as Windsor rookie, William Sirman, was called for tripping with 8:28 remaining. London head coach Dale Hunter elected to bring Jordan Kooy to the bench for an extra attacker and on a six-on-four advantage, Cliff Pu lifted his first goal of the season over DiPietro on a rebound.
The Knights limited Windsor to very few chances all night. The Spitfires did not record their 10th shot on goal until the game was more than 50-minutes old. London was excellent in transition and spent very little time in their own end all game.
London had their gas pedal to the floor right to the very end as the Knights created more than a few flurries before the final horn, but Windsor did a very good job collapsing around their net and DiPietro did the rest.
Hit of the game
Cole Tymkin stepped into Matthew MacDougall in the second period, sending him hard into the boards.
London wore specialty sweaters featuring the Dream Lottery logo emblazoned on the front, helping to raise money for the Dream Lottery, which supports London’s hospitals. Visit www.dreamitwinit.ca
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Next for the Knights
Life does not get easier as Londoner Nick Suzuki and the Owen Sound Attack arrive at Budweiser Gardens on Sunday afternoon.
Owen Sound has started the year 4-1-0-1 and has a number of returning players from last year’s club that lost to the Erie Otters in the Western Conference Final.
AM980 will have the pre-game show at 1:30 p.m. You can also hear the game at www.am980.ca and on the Radioplayer Canada app.
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