Tyler Parsons and the London Knights shut the door on the top team in the Ontario Hockey League on Friday night.
The Knights got a goal and two assists from Max Jones and 18 saves from Parsons in a 4-0 shutout victory over the Windsor Spitfures at Budweiser Gardens to run London’s unbeaten-in-regulation streak to six games.
After the teams combined for nine goals in their first meeting of the season, more than a few people were treated to the one of the most important laws of sport: “Just when you think you know what is going to happen, everything but that will happen.”
Any kind of offensive outpouring was locked up by team defense as the teams combined for six shots through the first twelve minutes of the game.
The Spitfires own the top power play in the OHL and it got a chance to go to work twice in the first period, but London killed off both penalties and then went to work on two power plays of their own and made good twice.
First Max Jones muscled his way through a check and got a shot toward the Windsor net that hit a stick and bounced right to Victor Mete and he buried his third goal of the season to open the scoring.
The Knights went back to the man advantage in the period’s final minute and made good with ten seconds to go in it as Janne Kuokkanen brought a puck to the net and watched as it popped up in the air and bounced across the goal line for a 2-0 London lead.
The second period saw the Knights take a tighter grip on the game, limiting Windsor to just three shots on goal. Cliff Pu scored the third goal of the game on a breakaway as Jones found him at the Spitfires’ blue line with a high flip and Pu zipped around a defender and cut to the net for his fourth goal of the season and the Knights led 3-0.
London’s penalty kill continued to be a story, even killing off a 50 second 5-on-3.
Max Jones finished the scoring with a goal in the third period as he powered through two Spitfires, cut across the crease and popped in his second of the season to make it 4-0.
Jones finished the game with a goal and two assists. Cliff Pu had a goal and an assist for the Knights and Maple Leafs’ prospect, J.J. Piccinich had a pair of assists.
London went perfect on the penalty kill, negating all four Windsor opportunities.
Parsons now has five career regular season shutouts.
The Knights will be in Erie on Saturday to face the Otters for the second time this season. London defeated Erie 6-2 after raising their championship banner on September 23rd. The Otters won their fourth in a row on Friday, beating Guelph in a shootout.
London will be without Owen MacDonald for five games after the veteran received a suspension for throwing a helmet at the Windsor bench.
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