London Knights make furious comeback with four goals to win Game 3 in double overtime – London

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Henry Brzustewicz hasn’t played many forwards in his life.

When he is near a target area, it is usually his own goal and he usually tries to prevent opponents from shooting on goal.

With two experienced strikers from the London lineup, Brzustewicz was called up to fill one of the spots.

That set him up right of the Oshawa crease exactly two minutes into double overtime and was able to tip in an Isaiah George wrist shot from the left point to complete one of the most improbable comebacks in Knights history.

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That marked a four-goal comeback to leave London 6-2 behind to start the third period.

The Knights now lead the best-of-seven series 3-0.

Oshawa scored three times in quick succession in the opening period as Calum Ritchie and Luca D’Amato scored goals 24 seconds apart to make it 2-0 to the Generals.

Just 43 seconds after that, Knights goalie Michael Simpson shot out his right leg to make a big save on a Dylan Roobroeck shot, but Simpson’s former Peterborough Petes teammate Connor Lockhart was there to poke the puck over the goal line and Oshawa’s lead was three.

Before the end of the first period Sam Dickinson got London on the board when a puck was kicked back to him after a blocked pass and Dickinson ran a wrist shot low to Jacob Oster’s blocker side and eventually the teams went to their locker rooms with the Generals standing with 3-1 ahead.

The middle period featured faster-fire scoring as London and Oshawa combined for three goals in a span of 58 seconds.

Those came after Roobroeck gave the Generals a 4-1 lead with a power-play goal at 10:47.

Kasper Halttunen got that goal back at 1:35 for the Knights on a shot from the left side during a power play, but just 23 seconds later Lockhart’s second goal made it 5-2 and D’Amato’s second goal (also on a deflection) had Oshawa led 6-2 heading into the third period.

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In the last twenty minutes, London accelerated.

Owen Willmore ran into the Knights net and Oliver Bonk knocked in a power play goal at 1:04 at the other end of the ice to get the Knights within three.

At 11:09 Halttunen scored his second of the match after another man’s lead to bring London within a few and less than two minutes later Cowan took a shot that Halttunen deflected over the Generals’ goal line to make it 6–5 to make, and then Sam O. ‘Reilly reached a puck to the right of the Oshawa net, made a move and poked it through Oster to complete a four-goal comeback by the Knights with 2:57 left in regulation .

London kept going until the buzzer, but Oster and the Generals kept the puck out and forced overtime.

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In the first overtime period, Oshawa outscored the Knights 11-8, but no one managed to score.

That set the stage for Bruzustewicz’s exploits in Doubt OT.

London defeated the Generals 44-36.

Halttunen finished the match with three goals and an assist, becoming the second Knight in these play-offs to record back-to-back hat-tricks after Jacob Julien completed the feat in the second round of London.

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Cowan had three assists, giving him 11 points in three games in the series.

Bonk had a goal and two assists and Barkey had two assists and was a driving force and catalyst for London all game.

McGregor and Dunn win gold at World Championships

James Dunn of Wallacetown, Ont., and Tyler McGregor of Forest, Ont., will return home from Calgary with gold medals after winning gold with Team Canada at the 2024 World Para Hockey Championship. Canada defeated Team USA 2-1 in the tournament final on May 12. McGregor led the entire championship in scoring with nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in just five games. Dunn was fifth in scoring with three goals and six points. Canada last won gold at the event in 2017.

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Game 4 of the OHL Championship Series takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m

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