Power play fuels Knights on road

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The London Knights continue to be the road warriors of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Knights ran their road record to 19-3, the best in the OHL, by thumping the Wolves 10-5 in Sudbury yesterday.

It was their power play and the work of netminder Steve Mason that put this one in the win column.

"Everything was being called, especially in the third period," Knights assistant coach Todd Bidner said. "There wasn't much even play in the third period. But we played very well on the power play. We generated a lot of chances on the power play."

The Knights were seven of nine with the man advantage. They put the game away in the first period, building a 4-0 lead before the 10-minute mark, scoring three of those goals on the man advantage.

Power-play specialist Adam Perry did most of the damage. He scored three goals, all on the power play, and added an assist. That gave Perry 31 goals on the season, 21 of them on the power play.

Pat Kane and Sam Gagner also had big games. They both had a goal and four assists, while Rob Drummond added two goals and two assists.

Ryan Martinelli, Sergei Kostitsyn and Jordan Foreman scored the other Knight goals.

Matt Dias had a pair of goals for the Wolves, with Adam McQuaid, Justin Donati and Patrick Lusnak scoring the others.

Even though the Knights have moved the puck well on the power play in recent games, they haven't generated a lot of chances.

"We had a lot of chances this time," Bidner said. "That's because we just didn't move the puck, we had a lot more player movement. We just didn't stand in one place and wait for the puck to come to us."

But it wasn't just the Knights' success on the power play that led to the win. It was also their penalty killing and the Wolves' ineffectiveness in the power play that doomed them. Sudbury had 13 power plays but only converted two.

And as in any special team situation, the best penalty killer is usually your goaltender.

"Steve Mason was very good," Bidner said. "They outshoot us but Steve came up with the big saves."

The Wolves outshot the Knights 41-28. "But even though we only had 28 shots, we had a lot of chances," Bidner said.

He's not sure why the Knights play so well on the road, while they're only 12-8 at home. "We just play better on the road. I don't know what it is, but we just seem to play a little tighter when we're on the road rather than at home."

The Knights don't play again until Friday, but that's the beginning of a busy weekend. They're at the JLC Friday night against Toronto St. Mike's. Saturday they go to Owen Sound to play the Attack before returning for a 6 p.m. game Sunday against the Soo Greyhounds.


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