Halttunen’s first profession hat trick helps London Knights end highway journey with 9-3 win – London


Kasper Halttunen of the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights recorded a second-period hat trick as a part of a 9-3 Knights victory to finish three video games in three nights in three totally different cities.

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The win moved London previous the Soo Greyhounds and into second place general within the OHL standings.

It additionally gave the Knights close to matching bookends to wrap up their northern highway journey after falling 9-2 in Sudbury on Friday.

London now trails the Kitchener Rangers by simply three factors for first general. Kitchener has misplaced their final two video games.

Easton Cowan’s tenth purpose of the 12 months got here short-handed on the 3:45 mark of the primary interval and had London up 1-0.

With 1:39 remaining within the opening interval Colts defender Grayson Tiller took a go off a faceoff within the London zone and from the best level despatched a shot via a maze of gamers into the Knights web to tie the sport.

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Halttunen scored his sixteenth purpose of the season on a second-period energy play to stretch his level streak to 10 video games. The Sharks prospect slammed house a cross-crease feed from Jacob Julien. Julien now has factors in seven consecutive video games.

Julien put London forward 3-1 as he knocked in a stunning go at 7:05 of the second interval.

Simply 47 seconds later Knights rookie defenceman Henry Brzustewicz ripped in a wrist shot for his first purpose within the Ontario Hockey League.

Precisely eleven seconds later Barrie tightened the London result in 4-2 as Kashawn Aitcheson scored however then bang-bang blasts by Halttunen earned him his first profession hat trick and the Knights led 6-2.

Earlier than the second interval ended London added two extra: a Gazizov financial institution shot squeezed previous Sam Hillebrandt and into the Colts web and Kaeden Johnson fired a shot off the submit and in for his fourth purpose of the season and the rating sat at 8-2 for the Knights via 40 minutes.

Ruslan Gazizov scored his second of the sport with 1:13 to go within the third interval after which Nolan Nelson accomplished the scoring together with his first-ever OHL purpose for Barrie.

Halttunen ended the evening with three objectives and an help. Gazizov had two objectives and two assists and Julien and Cowan had a purpose and two helpers apiece.

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London’s energy play remained scorching by going 3-for-5 within the recreation. The Knights now have 13 objectives on the person benefit of their final 27 possibilities.

The groups gave the goalies a exercise as they mixed for 90 photographs on web. Michael Simpson made 35 saves for London and Hillebrandt and Ben West mixed to make 43 stops for the Colts.

Knights set to host Teddy Bear toss

London and Sarnia will meet at Budweiser Gardens on Tuesday, Dec. 5 for the Knights annual Teddy Bear Toss in help of the Salvation Military. Easton Cowan scored the Teddy Bear Toss purpose for London final 12 months in a recreation towards the Oshawa Generals. The file for Teddy Bears at Budweiser Gardens was set again in 2012 when Seth Griffith scored and introduced down a complete of 10,671 plush toys.

Kuokkanen main Redhawks

Former Knights ahead Janne Kuokkanen at the moment leads the Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish Hockey League in scoring. Kuokkanen has seven objectives and 19 factors in 20 video games for Malmo. The Oulunsalo native spent the 2016-17 season in London and was a draft decide of the Carolina Hurricanes. Kuokkanen performed briefly for the ‘Canes after which moved on to play two seasons with the New Jersey Devils earlier than heading to Switzerland in 2022-23 after which Sweden this 12 months.

Up subsequent

London returns house on Dec. 1 to host the Mississauga Steelheads at 7 p.m., at Budweiser Gardens.

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The Steelheads have been main the Central Division for almost the entire 2023-24 season. They’ve quite a lot of younger expertise in Porter Martone and Jakub Fibigr and sit quantity three within the OHL in permitting the fewest objectives towards.

Protection will start at 6:30 p.m. on 980 CFPL, at http://www.980cfpl.ca and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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