Big Bob finally made his London Knights debut.
But Igor Bobkov, the much-hyped Anaheim Ducks draft pick, was outdueled by the guy who backed him up with the Russian team at last year’s world junior tournament in Saskatoon — Erie Otters goalie Ramis Sadikov.
Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick and St. Thomas native Greg McKegg scored two shorthanded goals for Erie, including one into an empty net with 1:08 left, as the Knights dropped their second straight contest.
The 5-2 tilt was played before 3,456 Saturday night at Tullio Arena.
Bobkov surrendered the game’s first four goals. He stopped 22 of the 26 shots he faced.
Sadikov also made 22 saves. The Knights, who felt penalty trouble cost them in Friday’s loss to Owen Sound, only gave Erie one power-play opportunity, but they failed to score on their seven chances.
The Knights (2-2) have played four games and scored just nine goals in regulation time. Rookie Russian forward Vladislav Namestnikov leads the team with six points after adding another goal and assist in Erie.
Rookie fourth-rounder Andreas Athanasiou made his Knights debut and scored his first OHL goal with eight seconds left in the second period.
McKegg had a three-point game to lead Erie.
David Broll, Shawn Szydlowski and Tyler Hostetter added singles for the Otters, who improved to 2-3 on the season.
Overager Stephen Sanza, a London native, sat out for the second straight game.
Fellow overagers Phil Varone and Chris DeSousa were held pointless while defenceman Michael D’Orazio picked up an assist.
London’s most recent first-rounder, Chris Tierney, also sat out his second straight game.