The London Knights had a major let down after playing their best game of the season against the Windsor Spitfires in a disappointing 7-1 loss to the surprisingly hot Erie Otters. There wasn’t much good to come out of the game Saturday night in Erie. Even Tyler Parsons struggled albeit with his team not lending much support. He was pulled after allowing 5 goals in just over 2 periods of hockey. Rookie Tyler Johnson fared little better as he allowed 2 goals on 12 shots. Johnson has struggled in all of his appearances this season for the Knights and will need to regain his focus if he wishes to remain as the number 2 goalie with the Knights. Erie firmly held the advantage in every aspect of the game out shooting the Knights 35-20 and going 2 for 5 on the power play and only taking one minor penalty against the Knights.
This is what you can expect from any OHL team early in the season as their rosters are still taking shape and players are in and out of the lineup. As well it takes time as we all know for teams to develop chemistry and the London Knights are no different in that aspect.
London hosted rival Kitchener on a rare Thursday night home game before a less than sellout crowd. The Knights were looking for answers after the poor outing against the Otters and they would have to do it without star goaltender who was listed day-to-day with a “lower body injury”. That handed the reigns to Tyler Johnson in the London net and he struggled as did the Knights through the opening twenty minutes. But whatever was said between periods by the coaching staff worked as the fans saw a different Knights team hit the ice.
London fell behind 3-0 before waking up and battling the Rangers hard and winning puck battles to draw even early in the third period. Victor Mete would be the hero on this night scoring with :50 seconds on the clock. London was very fortunate to come away with the 2 points and a 5-4 victory, but they will take them.
The Knights host the Saginaw Spirit on Friday and need to better outing than they have had the last 2 games. They then head to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs.