The London Knights got back in the win column, beating the Sarnia Sting 4-1 in a game more notable for its penalties than the scoring summary.
London jumped out to an early lead after Matt Tkachuk (16th) pounced on a loose puck and sneaked it past Justin Fazio only 1:18 into the game. Things turned from bad to worse for the Sting when noted skill player Chad Heffernan (4th) blew past the Sting defence and roofed it on Fazio a mere 42 seconds later. Jacob Graves continued the onslaught by scoring his first of the year and first as a Knight, giving London a 3-0 lead at the end of the first.
A new period didn’t do anything to change things for the Sting, as Christian Dvorak (37th) netted the Knights a 4-0 lead only four minutes into the period. Anthony Salinitri (9th) scored a goal late in the period to break Tyler Parsons shutout bid, but that was as close as the Sting would get.
The tension between the two teams boiled over in the third, as both teams started getting into scrums. That tension erupted later in the period, after a whistle, when a Sting player two-handed Max Jones in the ankle, payback for a hack he had taken at Fazio earlier. While Jones was on one knee, Kevin Spinozzi started cross checking Jones, starting a line brawl that resulted in 20 penalties being handed out to the teams. London’s Jones, Heffernan, Aaron Berisha and Sarnia’s Spinozzi and Travis Konecny were all handed game misconducts, while London’s Owen MacDonald received a match penalty. After all the chaos, London was left with only 6 players on their bench.
Knights have 6 players on the bench pic.twitter.com/7UgyLpQStG
— Chris Croucher (@CroucherSports) January 24, 2016
The potential for suspensions could have a major impact for both teams. The Knights will take on Erie on Friday in London. Sarnia also plays on Friday, where they’ll be hosting the Flint Firebirds.