Knights' Night: Knights sweep over Spitfires to make a three game winning streak weekend
Credit: ANDREW STEPHENSON OF SHAKE MEDIA AND THE LONDON KNIGHTS
After a three game winning streak, the Knights are making it clear they are ready for a comeback, after a difficult start to the season.
With an already 7-4 win secured against the Guelph Storm on Thursday Nov. 16, the Knights looked to continue their stride as they faced the Saginaw Spirit Friday Nov. 17 at their home arena of Budweiser Gardens.
Having lost to the Spirit during their last encounter earlier in the month, the Knights’ 4-3 overtime victory proved to be a redeeming win for the London unit. Striking first was Knights #48 Sam Miletic late into the first period, marking his 6th goal of the season.
Although Knights #2 Evan Bouchard made a noble effort to add to the lead by burying a goal in the second period, costly turnovers and sloppy penalties gave the Spirit opportunities to tie everything up 2-2 by the end of the second period. And as each team traded additional goals throughout the 3rd, overtime would be needed to decide a victor.
Able to kill off a penalty in extra time, the Knights’ luck seem to favour the home team as they were able to draw a hooking penalty midway through overtime, as Sam Miletic scored both his second, and the game-winning goal on the ensuing power play.
With two victories secured thus far, the Knights squared up against the Windsor Spitfires this past Sunday Nov. 19, in hopes of securing their 3rd and final win of the weekend. Shutting out the Spitfires completely, Knights’ Goaltender Joseph Raaymakers stopped all 34 shots on the night, allowing the Knights offensive unit to capitalize.
Forwards Tyler Rollo and Max Jones each had a goal of their own, while #63 Cliff Pu added to the deficit with two goals as well. Not only does this 4-0 sweep mark a three game winning streak for the Knights, but further puts them back over .500 for the first time since the second game of the season, when the Knights defeated the Spirit 3-2.
Additionally, not only does this trio of wins put the Knights back over .500, but moves coach Dale Hunter closer to his 700 wins milestone. As the proud and current Co-Owner, President, and Head Coach of the London Knights, Coach Hunter has lead the London unit to two Memorial Cup victories (2005 and 2016), and one J. Ross Robertson Cup (2013), during his 14 year service with the team.
And with nearly 650 career wins thus far, each additional victory moves Coach Hunter closer and closer to his milestone that he is sure to achieve during his dedicated and prosperous career with the Knights.