LONDON 5, NIAGARA 2
Ottawa Senators prospect Jonathan Gruden (22) led the way with a goal and three assists while San Jose Sharks first round pick Ryan Merkley recorded his third straight three-point game as the London Knights skated to a 5-2 win in Niagara. The IceDogs played a rare Tuesday night home game, one that was rescheduled following the tragic events involving goaltender Tucker Tynan back on Dec. 12th. Gruden opened the scoring with 7:31 left in the second period as the Knights climbed out to a 4-0 lead behind other goals from Hunter Skinner (5), Max McCue (2) and Liam Foudy (19). Niagara pulled within two beyond the midway point of the third as Jonah De Simone (7) and Oliver Castleman (21) spoiled Brett Brochu’s shutout bid. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alec Regula (18) hit the empty net to put things out of reach as the Knights won their ninth in a row, improving to 33-13-1-1 for first in the Midwest. Niagara’s Christian Sbaraglia earned first star honours with 43 saves as the IceDogs were outshot 48-24. London’s Brett Brochu made 22 saves for his 12th consecutive win. The IceDogs fall to 17-27-4-1 following their sixth straight loss, placing them eighth in the Eastern Conference.