It only took two minutes, 17 seconds for Sarnia Sting to get on the scoreboard against London Knights on Friday at Budweiser Gardens.
That 1-0 lead came after 60 minutes of embarrassment the night before in Sarnia. On that evening, the Sting lost 11-0 and resembled a middle-of-the road junior B team rather than an Ontario Hockey League major junior franchise.
But the good news lasted only one period Friday as they took a 2-1 lead into the last 40 minutes, despite being outshot 22-9.
From that point on, it was all Knights once again as they strolled to a walk-in-the-park 9-5 victory over the shorthanded Sting. It was London’s ninth win in the past 11 games.
The Sting, meanwhile, have one win in 11 and are in a furious race with Belleville Bulls for first pick over-all in the OHL draft in the spring.
Defenceman Nikita Zadorov, Micheal McCarron and Owen Macdonald, with a pair each; Josh Anderson, Matt Rupert and Alex Basso scored for the Knights. Zadorov was named first star in the game.
Noah Bushnell, with two, Vladislav Kodola, Nikolay Goldobin and Davis Brown scored for the Sting. Final shots on goal were 61-33 London.
On Thursday, the 11 Knights’ goals were shared by 10 players.
Scoring were Matt Rupert, with two, Bo Horvat, Josh Anderson, McCarron, Max Domi, Chris Tierney, C.J. Yakimowicz, Ryan Rupert, MacDonald and Mitchell Marner. Jake Patterson made 17 saves for the shutout.
London plays again Monday in Oshawa at 2 p.m. and then Tuesday in Windsor before returning to Budweiser Gardens next Friday to play the Ottawa 67’s.
With the game never in doubt Friday, much of the night’s discussion was around all the London and area players at the Olympics, including London Knights’ graduate Olli Maatta.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenceman had a goal and two assists as Finland beat Norway 6-1 Friday. Maatta, still only 19, also had a goal in the opener as Finland beat Austria 8-4.
He is one of 39 OHL graduates playing in the Olympics, including nine on the Canadian team. Maatta is also one of six Knights’ graduates participating.
Meanwhile, Londoners Jeff Carter, with three goals, and Drew Doughty scored as Canada beat Austria 6-0 earlier Friday.