When you try something for the very first time, it rarely goes how you want it to.
First day on the job? Could have been better.
First date? Could have been smoother.
First start in the Ontario Hockey League? For Jordan Kooy, it went just great.
The Bradford, Ontario native made his debut in the London Knight net on Saturday in front of 9031 people at Budweiser Gardens and earned his first OHL win with a 32-save performance in a 4-1 victory over the Guelph Storm.
Kooy became the fifth London goalie to play for the Knights through their first 18 games of the 2016-17 season.
The Storm did their best to put pucks at the 16-year old netminder right away in the game and actually struck first on a power play. With a shot off the crossbar still reverberating, Albert Michnac found the puck, deked his way to the front of the Knight net and beat Kooy to make it 1-0.
The Knights got that goal back before the end of the period as J.J. Piccinich got the puck to the net at the Guelph end of the ice and Cliff Pu grabbed it and put it in for his team-leading eleventh goal of the season, extending his point streak to 14 games and tying the game 1-1.
The second period of a game in the middle of November will never wind up being a memorable period over the course of the entire season, but it was awfully air tight from the Knights’ perspective. The Knights put on a demonstration of how to keep a team to the outside, block shots and limit scoring chances and came out of the second, ahead 3-1.
Liam Foudy scored his first OHL goal as he banged in a rebound on an Owen MacDonald shot to put London up 2-1 just over a minute into the second. Then Victor Mete kept his point-a-game pace going as he found Alex Formenton for his fifth goal and tenth point of the year and a two goal bulge.
The third period continued in the same vein for the Knights as they continued to limit the Guelph attack. A late man advantage produced the final goal of the game as Cliff Pu was stopped by Storm goalie, Liam Herbst, but found his own rebound and wrapped it in to make it 4-1 London.
J.J. Piccinich added two assists in the game, giving him five points in two nights.
The Erie Otters saw their 14-0-1 string stopped in Sault Ste. Marie with a 6-3 loss to the Greyhounds. That leaves the Knights four points back of Erie for first overall with two games in hand.
The London Knights will visit the Kitchener Rangers on Tuesday night. The pregame show begins at 6:30 on AM 980. London will be home to North Bay on Friday, November 18th. For tickets, you can call 519-681-0800 x 1, visit the Knights’ Armouries or go online to www.londonknights.com