Rookies Liam Foudy and Alex Formenton each scored twice as the London Knights closed out the pre-season with a 6-1 win over the Erie Otters on home ice.
With 15 players away at NHL training camps, the London lineup was young enough that you could have put on mittens and still been able to count the players who were a part of last year’s Memorial Cup winning team.
The teams fought their way through a scoreless opening period that gave both penalty killing units and both goaltenders some work. The Knights outshot Erie 11-9.
London opened the scoring early in the second period. Robby Thomas picked up a puck off a shot that was blocked and two whacks later, it was in the Erie net to give the Knights the lead.
On a power play just over five minutes later, Londoner Riley Coome playing in his first pre-season game, found Knights’ first-rounder Liam Foudy and he buried a one-timer to put London ahead 2-0.
Foudy’s second of the night made it 3-0 Knights at the 15:41 mark of the second period. Foudy banged in a pass from Sam Miletic who had come flying down left wing and into the Erie zone.
Carson Edwardson scored his first goal of the pre-season before the end of the period to put Erie on the board, but 40 seconds after that, Alex Formenton’s third goal restored London’s three goal lead, sending the Knights to the dressing room up 4-1.
During the second period, Otters’ forward and Komoka resident, Kyle Pettit went down off a face-off and left the game favouring an arm or a shoulder. He did not return.
The prettiest goal of the game came in the third period on a two-on-oh. Cole Tymkin stole a puck just outside the Erie blue line and streaked into the offensive zone with Formenton. Tymkin fed Formenton and he deked to his backhand and beat Jake Lawr for his team leading fourth goal of the pre-season.
Billy Moskal added the final goal of the game with a one-timer into the Erie net at 19:55.
Emanuel Vella started the game in goal for the Knights and stopped all 15 shots he faced. Tyler Johnson played the second half of the game.
The Knights begin the regular season in Sarnia on Wednesday, September 21st in Sarnia. They will raise their 2016 Memorial Cup Championship banner on September 23rd at Budweiser Gardens. Fans are asked to be in their seats before 7:30 in order to see the entire ceremony.