LONDON, Ont. - John Tavares had three power-play points to help the London Knights eliminate the Erie Otters in five games with a 6-2 victory on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.
After notching five points in the first two games of the series, Tavares was held pointless in games three and four, which were played in Erie, Pa. Saturday's return to London was also a return to form for the highly touted prospect, who opened the scoring on a power play three minutes and 19 seconds into the first period.
Tavares added another goal and an assist as London went 4-for-5 with the man advantage to send the Otters packing. Phil Varone scored twice, bringing his series total to five goals, while Justin Taylor had a goal and an assist and Leigh Salters also scored.
John Carlson had three helpers for the Knights, who will face the Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference semifinals.
Sean Jones and Mike Cazzola replied for Erie, which was outshot 52-38.
Trevor Cann made 36 saves for London. Otters netminder Jaroslav Janus stopped 46 shots.