LONDON, Ont. - Seth Griffith and Vladislav Namestnikov both scored twice Friday as the London Knights downed the Erie Otters 6-4 in the Ontario Hockey League.
London (7-1-0) needed Namestnikov's sixth of the season into an empty net at 19:28 of the third to secure the win even though Erie (1-7-0) was travelling without leading scorer Greg McKegg Brett Thompson, Mike Cazzola and Adam Pelech for various reasons. The Otters dressed two skaters under the maximum.
Jared Knight and Bo Horvat also scored for London. Horvat's was the game-winner as he took a terrific cross-ice pass from the point from Finnish import Olli Maatta 12:48 into the second to make it 5-3 after two. Maatta finished with two assists to record his first multi-point OHL game (two assists) with his parents in the audience, making their first trip to Canada.
Sondre Olden had a goal and two assists for Erie, while Chris Marchese scored twice on the power play. Connor Brown, who has scored in three consecutive games, had the other Otters' goals as London had broke out to a 2-0 lead before Erie responded with three unanswered beginning with the Brown at 13:41 of the first.
Michael Houser has started every Knights game and stopped 37 shots. Erie's Tyson Teichmann allowed five goals on 29 shots before being replaced by Chris Festarini to start the third. He finished with 13 saves.