Knights Keep Pace With the Top Teams Without Key Players

The London Knights completed a successful 2 game Eastern road trip with victories over Kingston and Ottawa. A much needed 4 points for the Knights and a chance to escape the highly competitive Western Conference. The Knights started Jordan Kooy in both games and he played well as he has done in almost every game he has seen action in this season. He allowed only 3 goals in the pair of games and has gained some much needed confidence and in my opinion should be the backup to Tyler Parsons.

The Knights welcomed Victor Mete from injury and he was the best defenceman for thew Knights in every game since his return. The best puck moving defenceman the Knights have on the roster. His first pass out of his own zone is rarely off the mark and his speed is unmatched in the OHL. On the flipside the Knights will be without forward Max Jones the Anaheim Ducks first round pick who was suspended for 10 games for his actions against the Owen Sound Attack last Friday night. Yet again it was another selfish and foolish play by the forward. Without out a doubt he is the most selfish and undisciplined player to wear a Knights jersey since Rob Schremp. No mistaking the talent of Jones but his undisciplined penalties and suspensions minimize his talent on the ice. If he could control his emotions he would without a doubt be the top power forward in the OHL.

London played another 3 games in less than 72 hours on this weekend and without Tyler Parsons were the dominate team on Friday night defeating the Windsor Spitfires 4-1. Parsons took the warmup but did not dress for the game and without speculating further, he was not ready for game action. You have to feel for the Memorial Cup host Spitfires they just can’t score and time is running out for them to gel as a team. Tyler Johnson turned in his strongest performance of the season stopping 36 of 37 shots.

London then make a quick turnaround and headed to Owen Sound to face the Attack. Owen Sound has had the Knights number on more than one occasion this season and this night it was all Owen Sound as the Attack fired 50 shots at rookie Jordan Kooy who was hung out to dry on many occasions. Especially in the third period as the Knights seem to have run out of gas allowing 5 goals by the Attack. London fell 7-3.

The Knights returned home late Saturday night and left Sunday morning for the short trip down the 401 to face the surprising Guelph Storm. The Storm upset the Erie Otters and did the Knights a huge favor in the process. Tyler Johnson took the crease for the Knights and London finally regained its offensive touch rolling to an impressive 6-1 lead after 40 minutes and an 8-1 victory.
AS ALWAYS SEE YOU AT THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Ries
A little about myself , first and foremost I'm a hockey fan,  I have been involved with hockey in one form or another since I was a little kid.  I remember going to the old London Gardens watching the London Knights ,  I was a fan from that moment and have followed them ever since . This is the second year that I will be reporting on the Knights and I am looking forward to a long playoff run with this version of the Green and Gold. I am the owner of "FIVE FOR FIGHTING AUTHENTICS" specializing in game worn jerseys and collectibles.  Visit my EBAY store Five for Fighting Authentics or follow my user name Coltmccoy12.   I look forward to your comments and suggestions throughout the year. As always, SEE YOU AT THE GAME