Robby Thomas scored the game winner with less than eight minutes left as the Knights outlasted the Wolves 6-4 in Sudbury on Friday night.
The victory gave London a sweep of their two-game, northern swing and their sixth victory in seven games, keeping them in a tie for second overall in the Western Conference.
Other than being a little bit further west, the start of the game looked very similar to what had happened Thursday night in North Bay as London scored two goals inside the first four minutes. On the first one, Max Jones got to the net and was stopped, but reached for his own rebound and batted it past Sudbury goalie, Zach Bowman for a 1-0 Knights’ lead at the 2:18 mark.
Then London stormed right back into the Sudbury end and Owen MacDonald played puppeteer, carrying the puck right around the zone and into the slot for a backhand shot that went wide. MacDonald stayed on the puck and picked it up on the left side boards. He got it to the front of the net, where it hopped off
Brady Pataki and right to Josh Nelson and a day after the Lockport, Illinois native was celebrating a Cubs World Series win, he was celebrating his first OHL goal. Nelson lifted the puck over Bowman for a 2-0 lead just over three minutes into the game.
Before the game got right into the grove of the night before, the Wolves gave it a left turn as former first overall pick, David Levin and Ilderton native, Shane Bulitka scored goals to tie it 2-2 through 20 minutes.
The Knights began the second period on a power play, but as it ran out, the Wolves rushed up ice on a 2-on-1 and Sudbury captain, Kyle Capobianco converted to put the Wolves ahead 3-2.
London’s second power play crack went a different way as Sam Miletic took a feed at the side of the net and banked the puck off a Sudbury defender to tie things up 3-3.
Former London Knight, Ryan Valentini put the Wolves in front again as he raced down the right side of the ice, cut into the slot and put a shot past Emmanuel Vella.
Max Jones got that back on another London power play just over three minutes later as he lasered a shot under the arm of Bowman and the teams went to their dressing rooms even after 40 minutes.
The Knights and Wolves traded chances for the first half of the third period. Robby Thomas was robbed at the side of the Sudbury net by the glove save from Bowman that left the Aurora native shaking his head.
It didn’t shake for long as Thomas carried a puck into the Wolves’ zone and tracked it as it bounced through a defenceman’s skates. He didn’t try glove side for a second time, snapping it blocker side for the go-ahead and eventual game winning goal.
With the Sudbury net empty, the Knights won a face-off and Cliff Pu beat out an icing and wrapped a backhand in for his tenth goal of the season and third point of the night to finish the scoring.
The Knights will meet the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday at Budweiser Gardens. Game time is 2 o’clock. The pre-game show begins at 1:30 on AM 980 and at www.am980.ca – For tickets, call 519-681-0800 x 1, visit the Knights’ Armouries or go on-line to www.londonknights.com