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London Takes 2-1 Series Lead

Tuesday, 05.08.2012 / 9:44 AM
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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.


Game Highlights
Watch highlights from Game 3 of the OHL Championship between Niagara and London

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 WSH 33 17 10 6 97 86 40
8 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 33 14 16 3 80 107 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 7 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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