Knights prepare for another run

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Could this be the start of another streak for the London Knights? London, with less than 24 hours to recover from the disappointment of its first loss of the season, rallied last night from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Guelph Storm before 9,057 fans at the John Labatt Centre.

The Knights improved to 30-1-2-0 as they head into their Christmas break. They don't play again until Dec. 29 in Owen Sound.

Their Canadian Hockey League record undefeated streak ended at 31 games Friday night with a 5-2 loss to the Sudbury Wolves.

Left-winger Brandon Prust led the comeback against Guelph, scoring two goals, including the winner with 2:28 remaining in the third period.

"No one really had anything (Friday) and we needed some spark," Prust said. "I took it upon myself, like all the other leaders on this team take it upon themselves, to step up."

When asked if this could be the beginning of another run, Prust said: "We hope so. We look at that Sudbury game as a fluke."

The teams traded goals in the first period. Josh Beaulieu put London on the board at 9:22 when he caught Storm goalie Adam Dennis cheating.

Dennis, thinking Beaulieu would ring the puck in around the boards, started out of his crease but fell. Beaulieu, who had hung onto the puck, fired into the open net from outside the blue-line. That was the first puck the Knights had put past Dennis in almost 77 minutes, which included the 0-0 tie on Dec. 10 when they broke the record.

Matt D'Agostini tied it for Guelph with 37 seconds remaining in the period.

With Dennis the menace slamming the door on the Knights early in the second period (the shots favoured London 32-19 after two), the Storm went ahead 3-1 on another goal by D'Agostini at 2:21, then Darryl Smith at 11:18.

Prust scored his first on a power play at 16:38 of the second, ending an 0-for-19 slump for the OHL's top power play, which misses the spark provided by Corey Perry and Danny Syvret, who are with the Canadian juniors, and Rob Schremp, with the U.S. juniors.

Defenceman Bryan Rodney tied it with a power-play goal 2:33 into the third period.

Knights goalie Ryan MacDonald made a sparkling breakaway stick save on Guelph's Mike McLean midway through the third after Rodney fell outside the London blue-line.

"I didn't know what to think -- stop it or she's over with," MacDonald said. Even though the shots ended up 48-29 for the Knights, MacDonald was tested.

"You've just got to keep your head in it and watch what is going on at the other end and don't get distracted," he said.

Forward Drew Larman said it was good that the Knights had little time to sit around and brood over Friday's setback.

"You've got to get right back on the horse, instead of waiting a couple of days and having the time to think about the loss," he said.

"That's the best thing to do to."

GAME GLANCE

London goals: Brandon Prust (2), Josh Beaulieu, Bryan Rodney

Guelph goals: Matt D'Agostini (2), Darryl Smith

Next: The Knights play in Owen Sound on Dec. 29. Game time is 7 p.m.

Knights 4, Storm 3


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