Knights edge Greyounds

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

The London Knights can put this game in the we-stole-it category.

For the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, it was another disappointing trip to the John Labatt Centre.

The Knights completed a three-for-three weekend with last night's 4-3 shootout win over the Greyhounds.

It took a controversial goal by Sam Gagner late in third period to tie the score. He then won it in the shootout burying a wrist shot to the top corner of the net.

Knights goaltender Steve Mason secured the win by stopping all three Greyhound shooters.

Earlier in the third, the Greyhounds looked to have taken a two-goal lead when David Kuchejda knocked in a loose puck, but referee Mark Hicks had blown the play dead because he lost sight of the puck.

"It's part of the mystique of playing here," said Greyhound coach Craig Hartsburg. "You have to stay after them. I thought we were really good for 40 minutes and then we sat back and let them come to us. The first thing you're going to do is draw some penalties and they do that. The next thing is they keep coming and coming and something bad is going to happen. That's what happened to us."

The something bad came in the shape of Gagner. The Greyhounds had done a good jobkeeping Gagner under control. They worked and skated hard, outshooting the Knights 43-38.

But with less than three minutes to go in the game, Gagner and Sergei Kostitsyn began throwing the puck around centre ice and inside the Greyhounds blueline. Gagner snapped a shot at Greyhounds' netminder Kyle Gajewski. Gagner went to the net, fell and the puck went into the net.

After a video review, the goal stood.

"It was pretty obvious to the kids that were there that he deliberately knocked it in with his arm," said Hartsburg. "(The Knights players) admitted as much. But someone decided it wasn't intentional. I don't know who that person was and how they decided but they decided it wasn't intentional."

Gagner wasn't sure how the puck went in.

"I got a shot off and we got a really fortunate bounce off me and it went in," he said. "I think it went off my elbow. My momentum took it into the net. To tell you the truth, I didn't really see it. I might have been swatting at it but all I know is I didn't see it and when I got up it was in the net.

"It doesn't really matter how it went in. We'll take all the breaks we can get right now. It's a battle for first and it's crunch time and we've got to get all the points that we can."

It was a profitable weekend for Pat Kane. The player who may be the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft this year, had three-goal games on Friday and Saturday and two goals last night. Every time he touched the puck, the sellout crowd of 9,090 was anticipating three-goal game No. 3.

But it was a tired Kane who sat in the dressing. He was going to be the third Knight shooter in the shootout but he wasn't needed.

"I'm glad I didn't have to shoot. I was pretty tired. I didn't know if I could do it," said Kane. "Overall, it was a good weekend, six points and we're happy."

But Kane recognized last night's game could have easily gone the other way.

"They played us well," said Kane. "They dumped it out a lot and we never really got momentum or odd-man rushes. It was a tough game for players like me and Sam but we battled back at the end. This team is just finding a way to win right now and it's a lot of fun."

Missing the game with upper body injuries where Scott Aarssen and Kevin Montgomery. They are day-to-day.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 4, Greyhounds 3 (SO)

London goals: Pat Kane 2, Sam Gagner

Sault goals: Brandon MacLean, Andrew Campbell, Brandon Biggers

Next: The Knights play the Guelph Storm Thursday 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.


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