The London Knights return to Budweiser Gardens in firm control of the Western Conference Finals.
London beat Erie 6-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
For the second straight game the Knights rode a strong first period to victory, scoring three first period goals. The Knights scored four goals in the first period in their game one victory last Wednesday.
Mitch Marner got the Knights off on the right start with a goal 56 seconds into the game. Daniel Bernhardt, Matthew Tkachuk, Aaron Berisha and Nicolas Mattinen also scored for London.
Tkachuk said he’s not surprised by their 2-0 lead in the series.
“When we play our game we’re a really tough team to beat. Our starts have been great, which have been tough for them to come back from. If we get a same start in game three I like our chances.”
Marner and Tkachuk both had a goal and an assist in the game while Dvorak had an assist, meaning the entire line will take a ten game point streak into game three on Tuesday.
London and Erie both ended the regular season with 105 points, the Otters won the top seed in the playoffs due to a tiebreaker. Tkachuk said they’ve worked hard to start games strong.
“We want to take the crowd out of it early. If you do that, you can control the game and play at your pace. We’ve really been playing to our strengths in the first two games and that’s why we’ve been having success.”
The Knights success on the road bodes well for the series. They went 1-2 in games in Erie during the regular season. The Knights are a perfect 7-0 on the road so far in the playoffs.
Games three will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens, game four will be on Wednesday.