For the second night in a row, the Petes forced overtime after a 3rd period comeback. On Friday, however, the London Knights collected two points as they defeated Peterborough 4-3 in extra time.
An early dump in in the first period by the Knights was reviewed by officials who thought that the puck may have bounced off the boards and behind Wells, but found that the puck did, in fact, stay out of the net.
Matyas Svoboda had Peterborough’s first quality scoring chancing when he was sent into London’s zone alone, but lifted the puck just above the net.
Cole Tymkin knocked Svoboda off his stride as he entered the neutral zone, sending the Petes to their first power play of the night. As soon as the Knights finished killing their first penalty, Alex Formenton was charged with tripping, providing the Petes with another man-advantage, but couldn’t convert.
London opened the game’s scoring at 16:20. The Petes found themselves chasing the puck, leaving Knights rookie Alec Regula alone in front. He deked in close to Wells and backhanded the puck through the five-hole to give London a 1-0 lead.
Chris Paquette, Thursday’s Teddy Bear Toss goal scorer, was the first Pete sent to the box when, at 18:25, he knocked the glove off of a Knights forward with his stick.
After 20 minutes of play, the Knights also led the shot clock, but just, at 7-6.
The team’s captains made their way to the penalty boxes to open the middle frame for roughing calls assigned at the end of the first period. Paquette also remained in the box, and the Knights had 25 seconds left on the power play.
The clubs exchanged two more penalties in the first half of the second period – Sam Miletic for slashing at 5:11, and Jonathan Ang for hooking at 7:39.
While shorthanded, Logan DeNoble intercepted a pass just inside London’s blue line. Alone, he rifled the puck past Joseph Raaymakers to tie the game at 1 at 9:26.
Ang recorded another infraction, at 14:47, putting London’s power play specialists to work again. Gleb Babintsev hauled down Max Jones while on a break towards the Petes net, resulting in a penalty shot. Jones was able to get Wells to bite on his glove side, brought the puck back across the crease, and scored to give the Knights a 2-1 lead at 15:00.
Peterborough earned another man advantage opportunity late in the stanza, but couldn’t capitalize.
After 40 minutes of play, the Electric City Kids led the shot clock 21-17.
Former Pete Tyler Rollo found himself in the sin bin after holding Cole Fraser. Peterborough’s second power play unit went to work when Pavel Gogolev found Zach Gallant on Raaymakers’ doorstep. Gallant pounced on the puck, tying the game at 2 at 5:12. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev registered the secondary assist on the play.
A rarity this season, Svoboda was sent to the box for checking from behind. In the dwindling seconds of their fourth power play of the evening, London captain Thomas planted himself in front of Wells. Bouchard threw the puck towards the net, and after coming off of his shoulder, Thomas tapped the puck behind Wells.
With just over 5 minutes left to play, Peterborough earned a power play chance when Regula was accused of holding Ang.
After failing to convert on their sixth man-advantage of the night, Wells was pulled from his net to add a sixth skater onto the ice. With 5.5 seconds remaining, Matt Timms sent a rocket from the point past Raaymakers to tie the game at 3. Korostelev and Ang picked up assists on Timms’ first goal of the campaign.
Shots were 33-29 in favour of the Petes after 60 minutes.
For the second night in a row, the Liftlock Lads forced 3-on-3 overtime. 50 seconds into extra time, Bouchard sent a shot from the high slot that knicked Ang on it’s way to the back of Peterborough’s net, securing London’s 4-3 victory.
The Petes will finish their South-Western Ontario road trip with a game against the Sarnia Sting on Saturday, December 9 at 7:05pm. The Petes will play their final home game before Christmas on Thursday, December 14 at 7:05pm against the Ottawa 67’s. Next Thursday’s game is Star Wars night – be sure to wear your favourite costume and bring the force.
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