Knights sweep road trip

PAUL VANDERHOEVEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Patrick Kane may be shaking off a week-long battle with strep throat, but that wasn't reflected in yesterday's score sheet.

Kane scored two goals and added three assists to lead the London Knights to a 6-2 win over the Frontenacs in Kingston.

The win completed a sweep of a three-game road trip that started Friday with a 3-1 victory in Ottawa.

Sergei Kostitsyn also scored twice for London, while Adam Perry and Sam Gagner added a goal each.

Kostitsyn also had two goals, including the winner, in Saturday night's 4-3 win over Belleville.

Knights assistant coach Todd Bidner said it probably would take another week for Kane to fully recover, but the Ontario Hockey League scoring leader seems to be lethal even if he isn't 100 per cent.

"He's just gaining some strength back and getting his timing back so he did very well," Bidner said.

"I don't know if he is fully recovered yet. I think that took a lot out of him.

"That whole line with Sam (Gagner), Pat and Sergei clicked very well today."

Kane has 55 goals and 74 assists in 53 games.

Rob Drummond, Jordan Foreman and Josh Beaulieu are out of the Knights lineup with injuries so coming away with six points from the road trip was a bonus.

"Those are three pretty good players to be out of our lineup," Bidner said. "But we came out pretty strong."

Bidner said the Frontenacs came out hitting hard and the teams were tied 2-2 going into the first intermission.

London opened the game up in the second, however, with three unanswered goals from Gagner, Kostitsyn and Kane.

"They turned the puck over a couple of times and our guys capitalized," Bidner said. "It wasn't a high-shooting game, but when these guys are on their game, it shows up on the scoreboard."

Steve Mason was solid in goal all weekend and he made 31 saves in yesterday's win.

"He's coming back to his old form -- like he was at the start of the year when he won a lot of games for us," Bidner said.

"Any team that's going to have success in the playoffs is going to need a hot goalie."

London holds a two-point lead over Plymouth for first place overall in the OHL. The Whalers kept pace with an 8-2 win over Mississauga. The Knights have six games remaining and the Whalers have five.

Jesse Biduke and Kyle Bochek scored for Kingston (29-28-5-1).

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

They are back on the road Friday to face Guelph at 7:30 p.m.


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