Anyone who watched the London Knights’ comeback win over Windsor on Sunday evening at Budweiser Gardens will mention a whole lot of things before they get to Tyler Parsons.
Brandon Crawley’s overtime goal. The big celebration in the corner of the Spitfires’ zone. Olli Juolevi’s game tying goal. Max Jones’ wrister that got the Knights on the board in the third. They may even talk about how the teams had combined for all of five shots through the first 12-plus minutes of the game.
But without Tyler Parsons, there is no chance to come back. Without Parsons, there is no win in overtime.
He didn’t have 45 shots to face, but the degree of difficulty was off the charts.
Parsons stopped both Anaheim Ducks’ draft pick, Julius Nattinen and top 2017 prospect, Gabe Vilardi on breakaways in the second period, stretching his right leg so far behind him, it didn’t really look like his leg anymore.
In overtime, Nattinen and Montreal Canadiens’ first rounder, Mikhail Sergachev broke down the ice on a 2-on-1 and Sergachev made a beautiful pass to Nattinen, who should have had an open side to fire the puck into, only he didn’t. Parsons came stretching across an got the entire puck with his blocker.
Not long after that, Parsons was heading down the ice to celebrate with his teammates.
Here is Parsons post-game, talking about what the Knights did and some of the saves he made…
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