Jacob Julian̵7;s first Ontario Hockey League goal in the third period was the difference in the London Knights’ 2-1 victory over the Niagara IceDogs at Budweiser Gardens on Friday night.
Julian is from London, Ontario, and was playing his fourth game in the OHL. He fired a puck past Niagara goaltender Josh Rosenzweig from behind the net at the 10:43 mark of the third period.
Julian first deflected George Diako’s shot near Rosenzweig on the power play, but the goal was waved after Julian made contact with a high stick.
London has won seven in a row and 11 of its last 12 games and is one point behind the Owen Sound Attack for first place in the Midwest Division. The Knights have a game for attack.
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Ruslan Gazizov opened the scoring at 8:07 of the second period on a feed from Easton Cowan and it was 1–0 London. Gazizov now has points in five consecutive matches.
Juan Copeland tied the game on a power play in the final minute of the middle period, a blocked shot in front of the net as Copeland bounced to the right and Knight ripped one into the top corner of the net to send the teams into the final 20. Minute 1 tied at 1-1.
Goals and shots were difficult throughout the game. When shots got through Brett Brochu of the Knights and Rosenzweig was there to make the save multiple times.
Niagara defeated London 26–24.
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Monthly Honors for McGurn and Bonk
The London Knights went 10-2 in the month of November and it doesn’t just happen. Brodie Crane won Player of the Week honors on 14 November, and once 30 days had passed since November, two other London players had been recognised.
Defenseman Oliver Bonk was named Rookie of the Month and forward and co-captain Sean McGurn was named Player of the Month. McGurn led the OHL in scoring with 20 points in 12 games. He had six goals and 14 assists and was also plus-7. McGurn is currently the head of the Knights in points. Bonk had one point in 10 of the 12 games played by the Knights. He was technically kept off the scoresheet only once as Bonk scored the shootout winner in one of the games in which he did not record a goal or assist.
Bonk had three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in November.
The Knights will visit the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m.
Mississauga defeated London 5–4 in overtime on October 14.
London has gone 15-4 in the 19 games played since then.
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