Bouchard’s OT Goal Lifts London Past Otters


The Otters came out strong in the 1st period, notching two goals within the first 8 minutes and dominating in the shot totals, 12-3 by the end of ten minutes. The Knights picked it up in the second half of the period, and nearly evened out the SOGs at 12-14, fueled by a late power play.

The Knights found the back of the net in the second to cut the Otters’ lead in half. Christian Girhiny took a hooking penalty early. The Otters were able to kill London’s second power play of the game but the Knights scored just five seconds after the penalty to Girhiny expired. The Otters had their first power play opportunity of the game nearing the halfway mark but were unable to get anything past Raaymakers. Erie continued to outshoot London by the end of the 2nd period, although it was clear that the Knights were gaining some momentum.

Max Jones got a breakaway under a minute into play in the final period of regulation, but Oberoi stopped it. The Knights appeared to score just 1:27 in with a bouncing puck and they celebrated on the ice. However, the play was reviewed and it was determined that the puck never crossed the goalline, keeping the Otters up 2-1. The Knights tied the game regardless 8:40 into the 3rd on a play that could have been offsides. The goal was again quickly reviewed, but this time stood. London had tied the SOGs total as well with five minutes left in regulation. Max Golod took a penalty for a high stick with minutes left in the period that the Otters managed to kill, but the Knights threw everything but the kitchen sink at Oberoi during their late man-advantage, even without a stick at one point. The period ended knotted at two to force overtime.

Oberoi had to make the opening saves in overtime, but the Otters were able to get it together and mount a good effort on the 3-on-3. Kyle Maksimovich hit the post looking for point number 200 with three minutes gone in the five-minute period. London’s Evan Bouchard scored on the backhand from a good feed and ended the game with a minute and a half left in overtime. The Knights grabbed the extra point as they downed the Otters by the final score of 3-2. Oberoi was solid in net all night, making 37 saves for a 0.925 save percentage.

The Otters are at home again this weekend with back-to-back games starting this Friday against former Otter T.J. Fergus and the Barrie Colts.

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