Knights advance to OHL final after game six victory

The London Knights defeated the Sarnia Sting with a 5-1 win on Sunday, winning the Western Conference Championship Series and securing a spot in the OHL final.

While the Sting’s Marcus Limpar-Lantz opened the scoring with a goal 12 minutes into the game, the Knights managed to tie up the score by the end of the first period with a last-second goal from Denver Barkey.

“We had a better start today,” said Knights Head Coach Dale Hunter. “They had jumped on us two games in a row in this building and we fell behind and that’s hard to come back from. Today we were better. We got it out of our zone quicker and made better outlets.”

The Knights followed up with two second period goals from Easton Cowan and Logan Mailloux. Ryan Humphrey scored in the third period along with Ryan Winterton, who landed an empty-netter. 

London outshot Sarnia 25-24.

When asked about Knight’s success, Hunter said, “We’re not a team with top-10 scorers in the league. We work as a team together and every line has to be going. Together we get it done and everyone has to contribute.”

OHL Vice President Ted Baker presented London co-captains George Diaco and Sean McGurn with the Wayne Gretsky Trophy, making it the seventh time the Knights have taken home the hardware.

Next week, London will either face off against the North Bay Battalion or the Peterborough Petes in the OHL Championship Series. The Batallion currently lead the series 3-2. 

The two teams hit the ice for game six of the Eastern Conference Championship Series Sunday at 7:05 p.m. At the end of the second period, the Batallion and Petes were tied 2-2.

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