Cliff Pu recorded a goal and an assist as the Knights won for the seventh time in eight games, beating the Barrie Colts 4-1 at Budweiser Gardens on Friday night. Pu leads the Knights with 41 points on the year.
Victor Mete was given a penalty for roughing just over seven minutes into the first period and as he sat in the penalty box watching his team kill the two minutes, he looked a whole lot like a dragster at a start line, revving the engine. As his penalty time ticked down and the door opened, Mete shot back onto the ice, went straight to the puck and flew past everyone to the net, lifting a backhand over Christian Propp to open the scoring for the Knights.
Just over three minutes later, the line of Max Jones, Cliff Pu and Janne Kuokkanen went to work on new point streaks after having their double-digit streaks ended in Owen Sound on Wednesday. Pu got the puck to Kuokkanen in behind the Barrie net and the Oulunsalo native fed Jones in the slot and he scored his 12th of the year to make it 2-0.
Before the end of the first, the Colts cut the lead in half as a Cordell James slap shot hit a stick and deflected low past Tyler Parsons and the teams went to their dressing rooms with the Knights ahead 2-1.
That score stuck through the second period as each team put 11 shots on the opposition net. A shot that didn’t get through cost the Knights the services of Jones as it struck him up high on its way to the net. Jones went to the bench and first, but skated off to the room before the period ended and did not return.
The Colts came as close as a goal post to tying the game in the third and it happened twice.
The Knights held through that Colts push and then got a goal from Cliff Pu that showed off the speed and awareness of the Sabres’ draft pick as he picked off a puck just outside the Barrie blue line and recognized that the Colts were starting a change. Pu zoomed past some tired legs that hadn’t been able to get to the bench and beat Propp for his 17th goal of the season, putting the Knights ahead 3-1.
Owen MacDonald completed the scoring with 1:54 remaining and the Knights walked off the ice back in first place overall in the OHL, two points ahead of the Erie Otters. Both teams have played 24 games.
The Knights will complete a stretch of six games in nine days on Saturday in Guelph. Game time is 4 PM. AM 980 will have the pre-game show starting at 3:30. Todd Bertuzzi will be honoured by the Storm before the game.
London will be back home on Friday, December 2nd against the Owen Sound Attack. For tickets, call 519-681-0800 x 1, visit the Knights’ Armouries or go online to www.londonknights.com
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