A quality first period was all the London Knights needed to defeat the Erie Otters 4-3 Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.
Brett Welychka, Olli Maata and Chris Tierney each scored in the first 20 minutes for the Knights (15-2-1) and Vladislav Namestnikov added another in the second.
Greg McKegg scored two goals for the Otters (3-13-0) and Brandon Connor had a single.
Knights goaltender Michael Houser made 31 saves for the win, while at the other end Ramis Sadikov stopped 33 shots.
London was held scoreless on the power play, going 0-for-4, as Erie scored twice on six opportunities.
The Knights are currently in first place in the league with 31 points, followed by the Sarnia Sting with 28.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Niagara 3, Kitchener 1; Guelph 6, Sarnia 5 (OT); Belleville 2, Owen Sound 1; Windsor 3, Plymouth 2 (SO); Peterborough 4, Sudbury 2 and Saginaw 5, Barrie 4 (OT).
At Erie, Pa., Welychka scored to make it 1-0 London just 3:12 into the game.
Maata doubled the lead to 2-0 a little over six minutes later and Tierney scored at 17:32 to give the Knights a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
At 7:13 of the second period, McKegg scored on the power play to put Erie on the board but Namestnikov scored his 10th of the season to regain the three-goal lead for London heading into the third period.
The Otters would make a push early in the third as McKegg scored again on the power play at 2:50, followed by an even-strength goal from Brown at 6:08.
However, it wasn't enough as Houser made 14 third-period saves to keep the game 4-3 London.
IceDogs 3 Rangers 1
At St. Catharines, Ont., Freddy Hamilton had a goal and an assist and Chris Festarini made 27 saves as Niagara (8-8-2) downed Kitchener (9-6-1).
Storm 6 Sting 5 (OT)
At Sarnia, Ont., Stephen Gaskin scored the winning goal late in overtime as Guelph (8-4-3) edged the Sting (12-2-4).
Bulls 2 Attack 1
At Belleville, Ont., Adam Payerl scored with 18 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Bulls (9-7-0) over Owen Sound (8-12-2).
Spitfires 3 Whalers 2 (SO)
At Plymouth, Mich., Windsor (9-10-2) snapped a nine-game winless streak Saturday with the victory over the Whalers (9-6-3).
Petes 4 Wolves 2
At Sudbury, Ont., Matt Puempel had a goal and an assist as Peterborough (10-5-3) defeated the Wolves (8-7-1).
Colts Spirit 5 Colts 4 (OT)
At Saginaw, Mich., Josh Shalla returned from a 10-game league suspension and scored in overtime to lift the Spirit (7-10-0) over Barrie (8-7-2).