Knights backup shows mettle

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London Knights backup goaltender Stephane Cesar made the most of just his third appearance of the season, stopping three of four Greyhounds in 3-2 shootout win last night in Sault Ste. Marie.

The rookie from Gatineau, Que., also stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime.

David Meckler scored the winner for London in the fourth round of the shootout.

Cody Thornton of Embro put the Greyhounds up 1-0 in the shootout after Pat Kane missed his chance for London. Sergei Kostitsyn was also stopped by Sault Ste. Marie goalie Kyle Gajewski, a London native, before Sam Gagner forced a fourth round.

Cesar stopped Greyhounds centre Matthew Lyall for his second win of the season.

Gajewski made 33 saves for the Greyhounds.

Lyall opened the scoring at 5:04 of the first period when Knights right-winger Patrick Kane was serving a minor penalty for illegal equipment.

Meckler responded for London with his 18th goal of the season at 11:42 in the first. Adam Perry and Kane assisted on the power-play goal.

Chris MacKinnon gave the Greyhounds the lead again at 13:45 in the second with his first goal of the season with Adam Perry in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Gagner brought the Knights even 22 seconds later with his 16th goal.

The Knights play Plymouth Thursday at 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.

They then take on the Mississauga IceDogs Friday night at 7:30 p.m., also at the JLC.


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