OHL’S London Knights Extend Their Winning Streak to 23 Games

December 29th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
With a 4-2 road win over the Plymouth Whalers Saturday night, the London Knights have sole possession of the second-longest winning streak in Ontario Hockey League history. They surpassed the 2009-10 Barrie Colts’ run of 22 straight victories and need three more to eclipse the 1983-84 Kitchener Rangers’ 25-win surge.

The latest installment of London’s two-month-long conquest was hardly lacking in drama. With precisely 33 seconds to spare, goaltender Jake Patterson had to deal with a penalty shot awarded to the Whalers’ Garrett Meurs, though the Colorado Avalanche prospect fumbled before he could get a shot off.

In the evening’s tone-setting phases, it took the Knights more than half of regulation to perk up their offense, which has practically doubled the opposition’s output, 97-49, in its last 23 outings.

Since the Knights began their streak, only six adversaries have kept them scoreless through the first 20 minutes. The Whalers made themselves that sixth opponent Saturday, preserving a 0-0 deadlock through intermission despite a five-shot salvo during the first of two unanswered London power plays.

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