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London Knights end Storm win streak

Perhaps the Canadian Hockey League voters were a little hasty in dropping London Knights from the Top 10 rankings

Two weeks ago, the Knights, after starting the season in the top spot, were banished to also-ran status.

And then last Sunday afternoon, the Knights ended Erie Otters 11-game winning streak with a 6-2 home win.

On Thursday, it was Guelph’s turn.

With defenceman Dakota Mermis going end to end and scoring three minutes into overtime, the Knights stopped the CHL’s second-ranked Storm with a 6-5 win, ending Guelph’s 10-game win streak before 8,730 fans at Budweiser Gardens.

The Knights now have a chance to sweep their four-game homestand Friday night when they meet Barrie Colts at 7:30 p.m.

The Knights, with the win, made their record 2-2 with the Storm this season after having lost 7-4 in Guelph on Oct. 27, the last London defeat.

Kyle Platzer, Brent Welychka, Matt Marner and Ryan Rupert all scored in the first period for the Knights as they took a 4-1 lead and chased Guelph starting goalie Justin Nichols. Justin Auger scored the only Guelph goal.

The period featured two brutal fights with lots of punches thrown  -- and landing. Paxton Leroux  of the Knights fought Chadd Bauman in the main event at 13:39 and  Josh Anderson of the Knights and Ben Harpur less than a minute later.

But in the second, the Storm, well, stormed back, and scored three unanswered goals to tie the game with backup goalie Matthew Mancina stopping all 10 Knights’ shots. Brock McGinn, Jason Dickinson and Brady Milne scored the goals.

Zack Mitchell gave the Storm their first lead in the game 25 seconds into the final period, ending the Stolarz term of duty for the night.  Jake Patterson, for the second consecutive game against the Storm, took over. He also assisted on the winning goal in overtime.

Leroux tied the score at 5 with a goal two minutes later.

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