Knights Struggle Down the Stretch

With Budweiser Gardens still busy with other attractions the London Knights continue to wind down their schedule on the road. It was a light week of action for the Knights as they only had 2 games this week. Back to back games on Friday and Saturday against the Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires respectively.

It also marked the return of Tyler Parsons to the London net. Parsons was out of action for approximately a month with a concussion. In that time the Knights dropped out of contention for first overall in the OHL although it is not out of the realm of possibility that London can still catch the Erie Otters. They trail the Otters by 4 points with both teams having 7 games left and a crucial matchup on Friday night in London.

London didn’t play well in either game this weekend falling behind 4-0 to the undermanned Rangers. Parsons looked like a goalie that missed a month of action and was less than spectacular on the first 2 Kitchener goals. Give the Knights credit though they roared back to take a 5-4 victory. The comeback included 4 third period goals and the winner coming with less than a minute left in regulation.

On Saturday afternoon the Knights faced the Memorial Cup host Spitfires in Windsor. Windsor played like a desperate team and a team that is finally finding their identity. The Knights when they are not at their best struggle against bigger teams and Saturday was a prime example of that. The Spitfires controlled the play from the second period on as they played chip and chase and the Knights looked like a tired team and were continually outmuscled for the puck. The Knights were badly outshot by game’s end by a 38-22 margain. London trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and that was enough to secure 2 points for the Spitfires. Tyler Parsons looked much better in this game, but did allow a soft goal in the third. He was for the most part the reason the game was not worse than the 4-1 final. The biggest area of concern was the rash of penalties that the Knights took on Saturday. A combination of tired bodies and lack of the ability to control the bigger Spitfire forwards were the contributing factors. Windsor would convert on 2 of the 5 power plays that they had. London was 1 for 4 in the game.

No reason to sound alarm bells with the performance of the Knights on the weekend. They will no doubt rebound Thursday as they host the Guelph Storm before the Friday night matchup against the Otters.

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