Aarssen heroics getting routine

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

"Sudden Death" Scott Aarssen is making every OHL goal he scores an unforgettable one.

A week after the London rookie stay-at-home defenceman beat the Sarnia Sting in overtime with his first career goal, the 17-year-old picked a fine time to pop his second tally -- another dramatic overtime winner -- to lead the Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Owen Sound Attack before 2,994 last night at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Complex.

"I saw (David Bolland) fall and that Dylan Hunter had no one with him on the rush so I jumped up in the play," the London native and former St. Thomas Star said. "I don't know how I ended up in front of the net. I just kind of blacked out. You don't plan for something like (two straight overtime winners). It's a happy bus."

On most hockey teams, the veteran players lounge at the back of the bus on road trips while the rookies sit up front. Aarssen's recent timely scoring has improved his seating arrangement with the Knights.

"I'm getting closer. I'm halfway back," he said with a laugh.

London goalie Adam Dennis, who improved to 20-3, set the stage for Aarssen's heroics by stopping Owen Sound superstar Bobby Ryan twice in overtime on a penalty shot and the breakaway attempt that led to it.

Aarssen and Dennis helped London improve to 2-0 in overtime and avoid a shootout, in which the Knights are 0-for-2 this season. The Attack suffered their first overtime loss this year and fell to 2-1-2 in extra time.

Besides Ryan's two glorious opportunities, Owen Sound had several chances to put London away. After penalties called late to Trevor Kell and Dylan Hunter, London had to kill off a two-man Attack advantage through the end of the third period and the start of overtime.

"Killing those penalties was huge for us and (Dennis) kept us in there by stopping Bobby Ryan," Aarssen said. "It didn't look too good for a while there but we got through it. (London assistant GM) Jim McKellar was kind enough to remind me of my Saturday night performances. It worked out again."

London collected its seventh straight victory and has a chance to match its season-high streak of eight Wednesday in Kitchener against the Rangers. The Knights have lost just once in regulation -- at Windsor on Oct. 27 -- in their past 23 games.

Owen Sound jumped out in front early on goals by Mike Angelidis on the power play in the first period and Derek Brochu on a two-on-one in the second.

But London's David Bolland scored his league-leading 28th goal -- and 19th on the power play -- with just over a minute left in the second period and Rob Schremp tied it with his 26th goal two minutes into the third.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 3, Owen Sound 2 (OT)

London goals: David Bolland, Rob Schremp and Scott Aarssen, with his second overtime winner in a week.

Owen Sound goals: Mike Angelidis, Derek Brochu

Next: The Knights head to Kitchener to face the Rangers for the first time this season on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium.


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