The London Knights’ winning streak against the Kitchener Rangers hit double digits on Sunday evening with a 6-2 victory at Budweiser Gardens.
The London Knights have now won ten straight over their Mid-west division rival dating back to last year.
The latest victory was sparked by a three-goal first period in London’s third game in three nights.
Olli Juolevi kicked off the scoring at 10:26 after three consecutive drop passes gave him an opening and he snapped a shot past Luke Opilka for a 1-0 lead.
A steal by Sam Miletic produced a 2-on-1 with Josh Nelson later in the period and Miletic fed Nelson for his third goal of the season to put London ahead by two.
A spinning backhand feed by Alex Formenton 50 seconds after that made it 3-0 as Brandon Crawley came off the left point and buried his third of the year on a Knights’ power play that went 3-for-8.
London kept Kitchener’s power play units off the board for five straight minutes after Cole Tymkin was given a slew-footing major and game misconduct with 9:02 remaining in the period.
The second period was populated by more power plays and eventually produced two more goals, both while London was on the man advantage. Alex Formenton took a feed from J.J. Piccinich at the side of the Rangers’ net to make it 4-0 for the Knights. Then, with London on another power play, Nick McHugh batted away a pass and raced down the ice. Evan Bouchard caught up and hooked McHugh and prevented him from getting a shot off and McHugh was awarded a penalty shot and he made good to make it 4-1.
Piccinich scored his 12th goal of the year on a power play 5:01 into the third period as he tipped in a Juolevi shot from the left point.
Josh Nelson’s second of the game on a backhand made it 6-1 with less than six minutes remaining.
Florida Panthers’ prospect Adam Mascherin got a final goal for Kitchener. Leafs’ prospect Jeremy Bracco was not in on the goal and despite playing most of the final two minutes of the game, he saw his league best 26-game point streak come to an end.
Parsons ended the game with 27 saves, some of them right out of the circus. He was replaced in net by Tyler Johnson with 2:44 remaining. Parsons is getting set to head to Team USA’s selection camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship. Janne Kuokkanen and Olli Juolevi will head for Quebec and Team Finland’s camp. Juolevi made the tournament all-star team last year in helping Finland to Gold as a 17-year old.
The rest of the Knights have two games remaining before the holiday break. They will travel to Peterborough on Thursday and then host Guelph on Friday at 7:30 at Budweiser Gardens. Then London will be off for 12 days before playing host to the Oshawa Generals on December 28th.
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