Two third period power play goals paced the London Knights to a 3-1 road win over the Barrie Colts on Saturday night.
Two Knights scored their first ever OHL goals and another scored his first of the season in a game with wall to wall physical play.
Mentioning the word wall tends to turn attention south of the border to a man named Trump, but it was alive and well in other ways at the Barrie Molson Centre.
The Knights threw up a defensive wall made it tough to score at one end of the ice, while a human wall named David Ovsjannikov made it nearly as hard at the other end.
London limited the Colts to a single digit shot count through nearly 40 minutes and poured 27 shots at the Barrie net in the same amount of time, but the teams sat tied with a goal apiece.
London rookie forward Alex Formenton scored the game’s opening goal and his first OHL goal at 6:33 of the second period as he went streaking down the left wing side of the ice while the Knights were short-handed and beat Ovsjannikov high to the glove side.
The London lead lasted just 26 seconds as Barrie captain, Cordell James knocked a puck past Tyler Johnson before the Colts’ power play had ended and the game was all even again.
It stayed that way into the third period when the Knights’ power play connected for the first time, giving Janne Kuokkanen his first OHL goal and the Knights a 2-1 lead.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect J.J. Piccinich popped in his first of the year on another power play at 13:01 as he converted a pass from Robby Thomas to put London up 3-1. Knights’ defenceman, Jacob Golden picked up his first point, getting an assist on the play.
The game was filled with little bits of nastiness that began inside the first minute when James hit Chris Martenet from behind into the glass in the London end. Martenet left the game and did not return and the Knights went the rest of the way with five defencemen.
The Colts surrendered twelve power plays in the game.
The Knights will host the Peterborough Petes on Friday at 7:30 at Budweiser Gardens. For tickets call 519-681-0800 x 1, visit the London Knights Armouries or go online to www.londonknights.com