A four point night from Max Jones led the London Knights to a 5-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Friday night.
It was London’s second win in as many nights at Budweiser Gardens after Thursday’s 5-4 comeback victory against Kitchener.
The Knights took advantage of the 20th ranked penalty killing unit in the OHL as they opened the scoring at 3:46 of the first period. Sam Miletic put the puck into the Spirit net after London had worked the puck round and round the Saginaw zone for nearly a full two minutes. Max Jones took a shot from the left point that went wide of the Saginaw net, but Miletic corralled the ricochet and slid the puck across the goal line. And past New Jersey Devils’ draft pick Evan Cormier.
Miletic then scored his second of the night and fourth of the season as he banked a puck off the skate of Saginaw defenceman Markus Niemelainen and through the legs of Cormier to put London ahead 2-0.
Max Jones ran his point streak to six games as he whacked a rebound past Evan Cormier to make it 3-0 at the 4:31 mark of period two.
The Spirit gave a good push throughout the second period and got their first goal just seconds before the horn to end it as Tye Felhaber zipped into the London end, cut to the slot and ripped a shot over the shoulder of Tyler Johnson, who started his second straight game in place of Tyler Parsons. Parsons is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.
London also played Friday’s game without veteran defenceman, Brandon Crawley who is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Jones became a big story in the third for two separate reasons. He kicked off the final twenty minutes by charging across the Spirit blue line and snapping a shot into the Saginaw net to make it 4-1, but on his very next shift, Jones was shaken up and limped off to the bench and eventually to the London dressing room. Minutes later, Jones was back on the ice and back creating offense as he found J.J. Piccinich at the side of the net on a Knights’ power play and Piccinich slid the puck in to make it 5-1 London and that’s where the scoring ended.
The London Knight penalty kill was very effective for the second game in a row killing off eight Spirit power plays.
The Knights were 5-for-5 against Kitchener on Thursday.
Jones had a four point night with two goals and two assists and was named the game’s first star. Victor Mete and Olli Juolevi each had a pair of assists for London.
Johnson made 37 saves in goal for the Knights for his fourth victory of the year.
The Knights will have a day off from games on Saturday and head for Hamilton on Sunday to face a Bulldogs’ team that is in the mix for first overall in the OHL. The pre-game show begins at 1:30 on AM 980 and the AM 980 app.