The London Knights lit up the second period on Friday night in a 5-1 win at Budweiser Gardens to open the pre-season.
All five of London’s goals game in the middle 20 minutes.
The game stayed tight, and scoreless through the first 20 minutes and then some, but eventually the depth on the ice for the Knights began to sway things their way.
Alex Formenton started the scoring at the 8:05 mark of the second, squeaking a puck through the legs of Londoner Aiden Hughes in the Sarnia net to make it 1-0 for the Knights.
That goal was the drop in the bucket that brought on the monsoon.
Twenty-five seconds after it was scored, Janne Kuokkanen slid a pass to Kole Sherwood and he blasted a puck home and London was up 2-0.
Kuokkanen, a Carolina Hurricanes’ second rounder, scored his first of the pre-season less than five minutes trying to make another pass. This time, the puck hit a Sting defender and slid in behind Hughes.
The Sting made use of both goalies, making a switch to veteran and former Elgin-Middlesex Chief, Justin Fazio at the halfway mark of the game.
Fazio made several big stops over his 30 minutes of play, but couldn’t hold the Knights off completely. Before the end of the second period the Knights scored twice more over a 20 second span.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ draft pick J.J. Piccinich batted a Formenton pass out of the air and into the net past Fazio for the fourth London goal and then Piccinich set up Kuokkanen on a one-timer and the Knights walked off the ice with a 5-0 lead through forty minutes..
London outshot the Sting 21-7 in period two.
Sarnia came out in the third period with some determination and got themselves on the scoreboard on a power play as Jordan Kyrou rifled a puck past Tyler Parsons and the score sat at 5-1.
The Knights killed off two more Sting man advantages and wound down the time from there and picked up the victory in the first of a home and home to kick off the exhibition schedule. The Knights and Sting will meet in Sarnia on Saturday.
The game will be available, beginning at 6:30 at player.am980.ca