The London Knights have started their Memorial Cup run in the right direction after a 5-3 win against the Saint John Sea Dogs in their opening game of the tournament Saturday (May 19).
Three unanswered goals by the Knights help lift London over the defending Canadian Hockey League champions, starting with Max Domi finding the back of the net to even the game.
Vladislav Namestnikov scored with eight minutes left in the second period, followed by Seth Griffith’s marker five minutes later for the Knights to go up 3-1.
The Sea Dogs fought back to close out the second period with a shorthanded goal from Jonathan Huberdeau—Saint John’s second point on the penalty kill.
Midway through the final frame, both teams traded shots within about a minute when Knights’ Austin Watson scored midway through the period followed by Sea Dogs’ Ryan Tesink.
Namestnikov would score his second goal of the game in the final minute on a power play to finish the scoring. The Knights finished 1-for-9 on the man advantage.
Knights’ netminder Michael Houser made 21 saves, while his Sea Dog’s counterpart completed 19 stops.
London plays their next game Sunday (May 20) against the host team Shawinigan Cataractes with the puck dropping at 7 p.m.
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