ERIE, Pa. - Kale Kerbashian scored 1:55 into overtime as the London Knights survived a five-goal rally by the Erie Otters to earn a 6-5 win in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night.
Kerbashian converted a two-on-one break created when the Otters failed to complete a clean line change.
The Otters built momentum early in the game by relentlessly attacking London at both ends of the ice. But Erie failed to capitalize on several quality scoring chances and Phil Varone gave the Knights the lead when he lifted a shot over Otters goalie Jaroslav Janus and underneath the crossbar with 4:51 remaining in the opening period.
Less than four minutes later, Nazem Kadri's team-leading fourth goal of the season extended London's advantage to 2-0.
Left wing Garett Hunter put the Knights ahead by three on a controversial goal 4:48 into the second. Hunter scored moments after London's Tucker Hunter had fallen on top of Janus just outside the crease.
Defenceman Scott Aarssen's slap shot from the slot at 12:27 and Chris MacKinnon - with his first of the season - added another 1:40 later to make it 5-0.
London (4-3-0) scored three times on 10 shots in the period and five times in 19 shots overall before Nick Palmieri ended goaltender Knights goaltender Jason Guy's bid for a second straight shutout against the Otters with 3:57 left in the second.
Guy, who silenced the Otters with 34 saves in a 4-0 win in London on Sept. 19, stopped 34-of-39 shots on Saturday. He withstood Erie's power-play through a key eight-minute span of the second and third periods. The Knights drew six penalties in that stretch, handing the Otters three abbreviated 5-on-3 chances.
Justin Hodgman and Brandon Biggers sparked the comeback, scoring 13 seconds apart to slice the Knights' lead to 5-3 early in the third. Nick Palmieri's second goal of the game, off a rebound on the power play, moved the Otters to within 5-4 with 12:36 left.
Palmieri has three goals in two games since returning from New Jersey's camp. Hodgman has four goals in four games since returning from the Minnesota Wilds pre-season camp.
Shawn Szydlowski scored the tying goal with 5.4 seconds remaining in regulation to cap a four-goal third period.
Janus finished with 26 saves for Erie (2-3-1).