Knights’ 2 Goal First Period Holds Up in a 4-1 Victory over Colts
London’s two first period goals held up as the Knights skated to a 4-1 victory over Barrie Friday night at the Budweiser Gardens.
The Colts headed into London looking for rare back to back wins this season. Barrie had a strong start on Thursday night versus the Hamilton Bulldogs, scoring six goals in the first period on route to a 6-5 win.
It wasn’t going to be easy for the boys in blue as they faced CHL’s 3rd ranked team.
The first period saw London have a couple of glorious chances but weren’t able to register a shot. After scoring 3 power-play goals on one power-play on Thursday night, Barrie was looking to get a good start going after Victor Mete took a penalty midway through the first. Instead it was Mete stepping out of the box and finding a break as he slipped behind the Colts’ defence and went to the backhand to find the net for his 8th goal of the season to put the Knights ahead 1-0 on just their second shot of the game.
A few minutes later London would ride that momentum as the kept the pressure on Barrie in their own zone. That lead to a great centering pass from Finnish forward Janne Kuokkanen in front to Max Jones who slid home his 12th goal of the season giving London a 2-0 lead in front of the home crowd.
Barrie’s top line wouldn’t let that get them down. Just over two minutes later it was the captain Cordell James (a night after recording his 100th career point) firing a shot from the blue-line that took a bounce in front and found its way in. Anthony Stefano and Lucas Chiodo picked up the assists.
The second period didn’t see any goals but both goaltenders were forced to make some key stops. Christian Propp got the start after having the night off on Thursday and stopped 16 of 18 shots through two periods. Down the other end Tyler Parsons was playing in his 10th game of the season and was forced to make some key stops to keep his team ahead.
On a Barrie power-play midway through the third period Kade Landry let a slap-shot go on net and rang one off the iron, just inches away from tying the game.
Later in the third a flurry of shots came from the London Knights forcing the Colts rookie net-minder to come up big a few times.
Back down the other end the ringing continued, this time it was Chiodo firing one off the post.
Just moments after that on a bad line change the Colts were caught flat footed and Cliff Pu walked in all alone and snapped home his 17th goal of the season.
Noah MacDonald would add a late marker to make it 4-1 and former Colt Adrian Carbonara who got traded to London earlier this month would pick up the lone assist.
This was the 2nd and final meeting of the season between the two clubs with London taking the season series 2-0.
The Colts are back in action tomorrow night at home as they take on the Niagara Ice Dogs at 7:30pm. Some tickets still available but are going fast. Don’t miss out on the action.