ERIE, Pa. - The London Knights put an end to the Erie Otters' six-game winning streak with a spectacular special-teams performance.
Daniel Erlich and Vladimir Roth scored power-play goals While Justin Taylor and Nazem Kadri added short-handed markers as the Knights beat the Otters 6-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday. The Knights were also 11-for-12 on the penalty kill.
The Knights scored on six of 18 shots against Otters goaltender Shane Owen, whose personal six-game winning streak also ended.
Erlich ended up with two goals and an assist for the Knights (30-8-0-1), who also had a goal from Jared Knight. Zac Rinaldo added two assists in his London debut.
Justin Hodgman's seventh goal in the past seven games handed the Otters (20-18-2-0) a 1-0 lead 48 seconds into the game.
But the Knights responded with five unanswered goals, including three in the final 10 minutes of the opening period. Erlich scored the first two to give the Knights the lead for good.
He scored on the power play with 10:19 left - the first of two goals on six chances for the OHL's second-ranked power play - and at even strength four minutes later.
Knight handed the Knights' a 3-1 lead with 1:05 left, and Roth scored for the Knights 2:05 into the second.
Taylor scored a back-breaking goal, short-handed breakaway on an Otters' 5-on-3 opportunity, 8:05 into the second period.
Erie finally snapped London's scoring streak, as rookie Greg McKegg scored with 6:14 left in the second to move the Otters with 5-2.
Defenceman Tyler Hostetter's power-play goal sliced London's lead to 5-3 with 11:28 left in the third, but Kadri's short-handed goal ensured the Otters would get no closer.