After an extra time victory on Thursday night, the Petes headed west to London to face the Knights. The midwest division club showed off why they’re nationally ranked, defeating Peterborough 7-3 on Friday night.
The teams were sent to some early four-on-four hockey 1:11 into the game as Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Alex Formenton had a scrum in the corner after the whistle.
Adam Timleck looked to be carrying some energy from Thursday’s hat trick performance as he sent a handful of shots toward Joseph Raaymakers’ net in the opening minutes, but couldn’t find score sheet. London, however, proceeded to bury four straight.
Nathan Dunkley opened scoring for the Knights 7:10 into the evening. Matvey Guskov fought to keep the puck along the boards before centering the puck to Connor McMichael. Dunkley, who had snuck in behind Peterborough’s defencemen, took a pass across the slot and beat Hunter Jones over his glove.
Edmonton Oilers prospect and Knights captain Evan Bouchard set up London’s next goal, feeding a streaking Alex Formenton through the neutral zone so he could put the puck over Jones’ blocker to make it 2-0.
Antonio Strangers came out of a corner battle with the puck before finding former Pete Matt Timms. Timms pulled off a toe drag before releasing a shot on Jones who appeared to make the save, but the puck trickled through his pads for Josh Nelson to tuck into the back of the net.
London went up by 4 just 33 seconds later as Formenton netted his second marker of the game. The Ottawa Senators draft pick slipped between the bench and the defence before receiving a stretch pass from Liam Foudy, sending him on a successful breakaway.
The Knights led on the shot clock through 20 minutes as well with 13 shots to Peterborough 8.
The Petes were under pressure in the opening minutes of the middle frame as Tye Austin, who started the period for Peterborough, faced 6 shots in 3 minutes of action. A tired line wasn’t able to change, giving London an opportunity to further increase their lead.
Their fifth of the night came off the stick of rookie Matvey Guskov, who was seventh in rookie scoring heading into Friday’s contest. After an initial shot by McMichael from an Adam Boqvist pass, the puck rebounded to the other side of the ice to Guskov who went bar down over Austin.
A change in netminders seemed to spark the maroon and white, as they looked to come alive in the second half of the period.
They were sent to their first man advantage of the night as Raaymakers was charged with delay of game. Although the Knights were able to fend of Peterborough’s power play, the Petes finally got on the board shortly after.
Just as the teams returned to even strength, Timleck swatted the puck to keep it in London’s zone. A few back and forth passes with Semyon Der-Arguchintsev later, Pavel Gogolev one-timed the puck over Raaymakers to break Peterborugh’s goose egg.
Much to his displeasure, Gogolev followed up his goal with an infraction and was sent away for slashing.
Rather than London converting with an extra man, Chris Paquette showed off his penalty kill prowess by burying his fourth short handed goal of his overage campaign and cutting the Knights’ lead to 5-2.
The second period shots on goal were much more balanced, but the scale continued to tilt in London’s favour after 40 minutes of play.
Eager to restore their four-goal lead, the Knights charged into Peterborough’s zone early. From behind the goal line, Billy Moskal found Cole Tymkin alone in front of the net and made no error in putting the puck past Austin.
Refusing to concede, the Petes continued to battle through the final frame. They were rewarded with another goal from Paquette to bring the score to 6-3 for the home team.
London wasn’t done either, though, as Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy lifted a rebound over Austin with a backhand to seal his team’s 7-3 victory.
Some last-minute extracurriculars led to another power play for the Petes, but as the clock counted down, they weren’t able to add another goal to the score sheet.
Final shots were 43-28 in favour of the Knights.
The Petes play their third game in as many days in Sarnia on Saturday, November 17 at 7:05pm. They’ll return home to clash with the Frontenacs at the PMC on Thursday, November 22 at 7:05pm. Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.