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Erie Otters jump on Knights early, hold on to beat London 4-3

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ERIE, Pa. - The Otters extended their winning streak to three games Saturday with a with a 4-3 win over the London Knights in Ontario Hockey League action.

With the victory, the Otters (12-11-5) also snapped a nine-game, regular-season losing streak to the Knights, while moving above the .500 mark for the first time since early September.

The Otters jumped on their Midwest Division rival quickly.

Stephen Genua's goal - the first of the rookie's OHL career - opened the scoring 3:34 into the opening period. It also sparked Erie's three-goal outburst in the first 12 1/2 minutes.

Less than two minutes after Genua's goal, Greg McKegg scored his 12th of the season on the power play for a 2-0 Otters' lead.

With 7:32 left in the period, Andrew Yogan deflected David Shields' point shot past Knights goaltender Michael Houser for a 3-0 lead.

The Otters kept London (18-8-1) off the scoreboard until Steve Tarasuk scored with 2:01 left in the period second. Otters rookie Ramis Sadikov stopped 20-of-21 in the period.

The Otters regained a three-goal lead on Zack Torquato's goal 3:21 into the third.

Nazem Kadri's goal at the 7:13 mark sliced Erie's lead to 4-2 and Justin Taylor's redirection got the Knights to within one with 8:40 left but they would get no closer.

Sadikov finished with 42 saves.

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