Parsons during a game at Budweiser Gardens on Oct. 7, 2016 (Claus Anderson/Getty Images)
Tyler Parsons returned to the London Knight net with a 30-save performance and his second shutout of the season as the Knights blanked Kingston 7-0 at Budweiser Gardens on Friday.
The Knights gave their goalie all kinds of offensive support, and started that support early, scoring three goals in just over nine minutes to begin the game. That was despite having to kill a five-minute major penalty.
The penalty was given to Cole Tymkin after his shoulder made contact with the head of Frontenac forward, Tyler Burnie at the 2:07 mark. London spent a solid four minutes sending the puck down the ice into the Kingston end and then got a break on offense. Brand new captain J.J. Piccinich carried the puck out of the Knights’ zone just as the defender in front of him fell down, allowing Piccinich to race down the ice on a breakaway and snap a low shot past Frontenac goalie, Jeremy Helvig.
Just one minute and nine seconds later, Sam Miletic showed off his own burst of speed as he grabbed a puck in centre ice, split the defense and beat Helvig, putting the Knights up 2-0.
Less than two minutes after that, Janne Kuokkannen found Miletic in front on a power play and for the third time this season, Miletic had a pair of goals in a game.
The Knights went ahead 4-0 on another power play at the 13:10 mark of the first, as Janne Kuokkanen won a race into the Kingston end to negate an icing, got to the puck and slipped it in front to Piccinich for his second goal on the night.
The complexion of the game didn’t change much in the middle period as speed continued to give the Knights chances. Woodbridge native, Victor Mete collected a puck just inside his own blue line, looked up and saw a bit of an opening straight through the middle of the ice. In three strides, Mete had gone past one defender. A few strides later, everyone in black and gold was chasing the Canadiens’ draft pick as Mete swopped in, made a move to his left and scored his seventh goal of the season to make it 5-0 for London.
That goal ended the night for Helvig as rookie Mario Peccia came in to replace him in the Frontenac net.
Sam Miletic had a hat trick denied in Hamilton when it was ruled that his third goal of the game had come on a play that was offside. He would not be denied a second time as Miletic blasted a puck through Peccia for a 6-0 London lead at the 14:09 mark of the second period.
In the third period, Kuokkanen danced his way to his third point of the game, scoring his tenth of the year to tie for the Knights’ team lead with Cliff Pu. Pu got the only assist on the goal to stretch his point streak to 13 games. The Sabres’ draft pick trails only Taylor Raddysh of the Erie Otters (17 games) and Jeremy Bracco of Kitchener (15 games) for longest streak of the season in the OHL this season.
Parsons now has two shutouts in five appearances so far in 2016-17. Max Jones missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Tyler Johnson is still out with an injury as well.
The Knights will host the Guelph Storm on Saturday at 7:00. For tickets, call 519-681-0800 x 1, visit the Knights’ Armouries or go on-line to www.londonknights.com. Coverage on AM 980 and at player.am980.ca and the AM 980 app will begin at 6:30.