The story of the three little pigs taught us that without reinforcements, it can be pretty easy for a big bad wolf to blow your house down.
The London Knights received a whole lot of roster reinforcements and made use of them against a good Soo Greyhounds club.
The teams huffed and puffed all the way through overtime and a shootout before Gustav Bouramman scored the winning goal for Sault Ste. Marie as they left London with a 3-2 victory.
The scoring started just over seven minutes into the game as Cliff Pu stripped a puck away from a Greyhounds’ defender, turned, went to the net and made it 1-0. Pu was in his season debut after returning from Buffalo Sabres’ camp.
Both Emanuel Vella of the Knights and Joseph Raaymakers of Sault Ste. Marie showed off quick footwork in combining for 26 saves through the first 20 minutes.
The pace of the game quickened as the seconds wore on through the opening period and the Greyhounds made use of a couple of those, tying the game with just 14.7 ticks left as Bobby MacIntyre went to the net on a 3-on-2 and converted a pass from Morgan Frost.
Things turned tight in period two. Space was tough to come by.
Sault Ste. Marie thought they have found a go-ahead goal when Boris Katchouk unleashed a backhand and followed it up with a jump into the new glass at Budweiser Gardens. It held up, but the goal did not. The play was reviewed and it was ruled the puck did not go into the Knight net.
The score remained tied until the final minute of the second. As a London power play trickled away, the Knights kept possession of the puck in the Sault Ste. Marie end and Victor Mete wristed a puck into traffic in front with high hopes for a deflection. He didn’t quite get what he was looking for. The puck hit only the back of the net, giving London a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.
The Greyhounds tied the game 2-2 early in the third period as a Morgan Frost shot hit a Knights’ stick and bounced past Vella at the 52 second mark.
London had a play reviewed before the halfway point, but it was ruled that the puck did not cross the goal line.
Overtime gave an exhausting example of what three on three hockey can be like over five minutes, leaving to shootout to solve things on the scoreboard.
Janne Kuokkanen scored a shootout goal for London. Bouramman and Frost got the two for the ‘Hounds.
The Knights record now sits at 1-1-0-1.
Mete’s goal was his second of the season. Mete’s first of the year was awarded to him after the home opener, when it was ruled his shot was not touched in front.
The Knights will be in Barrie On Saturday to face the Colts. The pre-game show begins at 7:00 on AM 980. The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox can be heard at 7:00 on FM 96.