Sunday Highlights: Stephens sends Knights to Game 7
LONDON 2 – ERIE 1 – OT – Series tied 3-3
One of the OHL’s most intense rivalries these past few seasons is headed for Game 7 on Tuesday as Robert Thomas set up Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens 9:44 into overtime to give the London Knights a 2-1 home ice win over the Erie Otters. Outshot 45-26, London goaltender Tyler Parsons was brilliant again, turning aside 44 shots while Carolina Hurricanes prospect Janne Kuokkanen (9) scored in a fourth straight game for the Knights. Erie’s lone goal came off the stick of Detroit Red Wings prospect Jordan Sambrook (2) just 47 seconds into the first period. Parsons was perfect the rest of the way while Erie’s Troy Timpano made 24 saves in the loss. The Otters controlled the faceoff circle, winning 61 percent of the game’s draws. With Erie eliminating London in 2015 and the Knights returning the favour last spring, Tuesday’s Game 7 in Erie will settle the score between two very successful franchises.
OWEN SOUND 1 – SAULT STE. MARIE 0 – OS wins series 4-2
Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven stopped all 23 shots he faced, blanking the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as the Owen Sound Attack took a 1-0 win to advance to the Western Conference Final with a 4-2 series victory. 2017 NHL Draft prospect Nick Suzuki (7) provided the game’s only goal 13:09 into the second period with assists from Jacob Friend and Jonah Gadjovich as the Attack overcome a 2-0 series deficit with their fourth straight victory. Sault Ste. Marie’s Joseph Raaymakers was stellar in defeat, turning aside 41 shots for the Greyhounds who see a very successful season draw to a close. Overage veterans Bobby MacIntyre and David Miller see their OHL careers come to an end. The Attack return to the Western Conference Final for the first time since their last championship in 2011. They await the winner of a Tuesday night Game 7 between the Erie Otters and visiting London Knights.