London Takes 2-1 Series Lead

Tuesday, 05.8.2012 / 9:44 AM ET
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CHL Playoffs 2012
London Takes 2-1 Series Lead

LONDON 3, NIAGARA 2

Chris Tierney's late third period goal proved to be the difference for the London Knights as they tok game three 3-2. The Knights lead the OHL Championship series against Ryan Strome, Mitchell Theoret and the Niagara IceDogs two games to one.

The teams went scoreless in the first period with the posts helping both goalies.

In the second Brett Ritchie netted his third of the playoffs. There was a scramble in front of the Knights net and Michael Houser was unable to get a glove on the puck. Ritchie found the puck and put it in to the open net making it 1-0 Niagara.

It took the Knights 18 seconds to respond. Kevin Raine's shot hit the post and the rebound landed on a wide open Max Domi who had half the net to bury his fourth of the playoffs.

Just over eight minutes later Freddie Hamilton was the beneficiary of a bouncing puck that eluded the Knights captain Jarred Tinordi. Hamilton was left on a partial break. His shot just snuck under Houser's blocker arm.

The Knights evened things up once again before the end of the second. Vladislav Namestnikov had control of the puck behind the IceDogs net on London's fourth power play of the night. He passed to a partially cover Austin Watson in the slot. Watson managed to get his stick on it defecting it above Mark Visentin tying the game 2-2.

Chris Tierney won a draw back to Olli Maatta in the IceDogs zone. Maatta slapped a shot towards the net and Tierney got a piece of it with his stick deflecting it past a stunned Visentin with just 3:28 remaining in the third. London would hold the 3-2 lead and win game three taking a 2-1 series lead.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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