It was a good time to see the London Knights on the schedule for the Kingston Frontenacs. The Fronts were coming off a 4-1 win on Friday night over Sudbury, while the Knights had an overtime loss in Ottawa. London was also missing two of their top players. Evan Bouchard and Alex Formenton both remained with their NHL clubs. Former Frontenacs Nathan Dunkley and Sergey Popov were both in the lineup to take on their former team.
Even without their top guns, the Knights controlled the opening period. They opened the scoring at 9:28 when Gerard Keane beat Ryan Dugas for a 1-0 lead. Just 0:29 seconds later Cole Tymkin extended their lead to 2-0. The Knights out shot Kingston 12-2 in the first period and led 2-0.
The second period was a little more eventful for Kingston. They had an early power play opportunity that allowed them to get some shots on goal and build a little confidence. Then the lights went out, literally. About half of the lighting went out inside Leon’s Centre causing a delay of fifteen minutes. When power was restored, Kingston got on the scoreboard quickly. Ian Derungs picked up a loose puck in front of the net and found himself all alone. He went to his back hand and beat Jordan Kooy to cut the lead in half. London responded quickly, however. After a great save by Dugas, which caused him to lose his stick, William Lochead fired a shot from the point between his legs to restore the two-goal lead. Before the period ended, Alex Regula added a fourth Knights goal to give them a 4-1 lead after forty minutes.
Things stayed that way for the length of the third period. Ryan Dugas had a solid period, but Kingston couldn’t get any goals to get back in the game. The Knights outshot the Fronts 37-25 and won the game 4-1.
During the first intermission, Brett Neumann received a loud ovation from fans when it was announced in the building that he had recorded his 100th career point on Friday night against Sudbury.
The Frontenacs head to Oshawa tomorrow night to face the Generals at 6 p.m. The next game at Leon’s Centre is Friday, November 2 against the Peterborough Petes. It will be Hockey Fights Cancer Night and the Frontenacs will look a little different on the ice that night. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca.