London 4, Ottawa 3

1,588 days: That’s how long it’s been since Ottawa won a game against the London Knights. On Saturday, the streak, which began Oct. 26, 2018, would continue, thanks to a shootout.

But for a team that has more than 20 points than the 67’s, the game was not easy for the Knights. 

Both teams had played the day before, with both recording a 5-0 win. On Saturday, Ottawa scored two unanswered goals in the third period to tie the game and outshot London 34-31 overall. 

In overtime, London was the only team to get a shot on goal, at one and the teams proceeded to the shootout.

It’s not uncommon for these two teams to keep it close. Last time Ottawa faced London, they also fell in overtime, 3-2.

For Ottawa’s Brady Stonehouse, the game had a playoff feel.

“I thought we were really solid, I thought we stuck with it, a couple bounces and the game’s ours.”

Stonehouse said that, for the past two seasons, both teams have needed more than 60 minutes of play. He said this particular battle of Ontario is a good one.

There is also plenty of talent on display. For example, Easton Cowan for London is now on a 26-game point streak. His teammate, Sam Dickinson, is on an 11-game point streak and is eligible for the 2024 NHL Entry Draft.

Ottawa defenceman Henry Mews came into Saturday’s game with a five-game point streak of his own. Team captain, Luca Pinelli also has 67 points in 55 games.

“It’s good, down 3-1 in the third and battled back, it was nice to see.”

Stonehouse added that his team played well this weekend. Since a msierable game against Kingston, which Stonehouse said lacked a certain level of compete from Ottawa, they’ve secured seven of 10 possible points.

Ottawa’s now fourth in the Eastern Conference with 65 points, soon to clinch a playoff spot. They play Niagara next, who currently dwell at the bottom of the league with less than 40 points.