London Knights sweep home and home with Sarnia and win their fifth straight

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Four points from Sam Dickinson, 3 points from Ruslan Gazizov and much goals from Max McCue led nan London Knights to a 5-1 triumph complete nan Sarnia Sting astatine Budweiser Gardens connected Dec. 29.

The triumph gave London a expanse of a two-game, home-and-home group betwixt nan clubs and a six points-to-two lead successful nan yearly 402 Rivalry series.

Who other but McCue sewage nan scoring started.

McCue extended his extremity streak to 9 games erstwhile he fired a puck done Karsen Chartier astatine 5:34 of nan first period.

The extremity moved him up different notch connected London’s database of longest consecutive goal-scoring streaks making love backmost to nan 1997-98 season.

McCue is now tied pinch Jared Knight and trailing only Patrick Kane who scored successful 13 consecutive games successful nan 2006-07 play for longest streak successful that span. Kane scored 25 goals successful that stretch.

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For bully measure, McCue added his 2nd extremity of nan crippled astatine 14:42 of nan first play connected a wicked changeable that popped nan h2o vessel disconnected nan apical of nan Sting nett for his 17th extremity of nan year.

London defenceman Sam Dickinson did each of nan scoring successful nan 2nd play arsenic he struck doubly successful 1 infinitesimal and 27 seconds. Both goals came connected nan powerfulness play and some were assisted by Denver Barkey, who passed nan 50-point plateau.

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The Knights person now scored astatine slightest 1 powerfulness play extremity successful 14 consecutive games.

Tyson Doucette picked up Sarnia’s lone extremity astatine 12:12 of nan last play only to person Dickinson nonstop Gazizov and Jacob Julien successful connected a two-man breakaway 18 seconds later. Julien fed Gazizov successful tight for his 14th extremity of nan twelvemonth to widen his constituent streak to 7 games aft signaling a extremity and 2 assists successful nan game.

The Knights five-game winning streak is their longest truthful acold successful 2023-24.

London outshot nan Sting 40-26.

The Knights were without 3 regular defencemen successful nan game. Oliver Bonk is pinch forwards Easton Cowan and Kasper Halttunen astatine nan World Junior Hockey Championship, Alec Leonard was serving nan first of a two-game suspension for a slew-footing awesome punishment that he received connected Dec. 28 and Ethan MacKinnon remains retired pinch an upper-body injury.

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World Junior tourney already interesting

It is proving difficult to people connected Sweden astatine nan 2024 World Junior Hockey Championship. In fact, truthful acold it has been impossible, Sweden blanked Canada 2-0 connected Dec. 29 to clinch apical spot successful Group A.

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Sweden has not allowed a azygous extremity done their first 3 games of nan tourney and their shutout of Canada was nan first clip that has happened successful 26 years.

That intends Easton Cowan, Oliver Bonk and nan remainder of their Team Canada teammates will request a triumph complete Germany connected New Year’s Eve to unafraid 2nd place. The crippled will beryllium played astatine 1:30 p.m., connected Dec. 31.

Kasper Halttunen and Finland find themselves successful a amended spot than they had been aft a 4-0 triumph complete Latvia connected Dec. 29.

Finland had fallen to 0-2 disconnected nan commencement of nan tournament. Beating Latvia each but assures them a spot successful nan quarterfinals. Halttunen has 20 goals for London this play and has 2 goals and an assistance successful 3 games truthful acold astatine nan World Juniors. Finland will play Sweden successful their last crippled of nan group shape connected New Year’s Eve.

Knights import draught prime Daniil Ustinkov is playing for Switzerland. He is simply a 17-year aged defenceman and is playing successful nan Swiss National League pinch ZSC Lions. Switzerland plays a large crippled against Norway connected Dec. 30 which could determine which of nan 2 teams will caput to nan relegation round.

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The Knights adjacent retired 2023 connected New Year’s Eve pinch a location crippled against nan Flint Firebirds astatine 4 p.m., astatine Budweiser Gardens.

The teams person played each different erstwhile this twelvemonth successful a crippled nan Firebirds won 7-4 connected Nov. 17th. Flint presently sits successful 8th spot successful nan Western Conference.

Coverage will commencement astatine 3:30 p.m., connected 980 CFPL, astatine and connected nan Radioplayer Canada app.

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