Game 32/68 Knights @ Attack Dec 17 , 2017

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Game 32/68 Knights @ Attack Dec 17 , 2017

Postby attackisback on Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:44 am ... ut-victory

Knights escape Owen Sound with shutout victory
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times

Sunday, December 17, 2017 5:32:25 EST PM

The Attack couldn’t solve Knights’ goaltender Joseph Raaymakers as London escaped Owen Sound with a 1-0 victory despite only managing 14 shots on net Sunday.

The Attack fired 32 shots at Raaymakers, but couldn’t find the net and were unsuccessful during the man-advantage for the second-straight game.

The league’s leading powerplay looked less than without Jonah Gadjovich in front of the net and Sean Durzi quarterbacking on the back end. Gadjovich is off with Team Canada and Durzi out with injury.

“There is definitely some frustration,” said assistant coach Jordan Hill following the game. “But even the best powerplays struggle sometimes.”

Evan Bouchard scored the only goal of the game for the Knights after Lafreniere was knocked off his feet. The puck came out to the London defender who fired it over Owen Sound’s goaltender as he scrambled on his backside.

“Our feedback from him (the official) was we pushed him into it,” explained Hill. “They weren’t calling it, and that’s not a reviewable play, so there was no use arguing.”

Suzuki, playing his fifth game in as many days counting his time at Team Canada’s selection camp, was unable to net the equalizer as the Attack played the final two minutes with their net empty and the extra man on the ice.

“I felt pretty good,” the Attack’s leading scorer said after the game. “It definitely kind of caught up with me, and my legs weren’t there like they were earlier in the week.”

Despite out possessing and outshooting the Knights the Attack were stymied by Raaymakers time and time again.

“I think when the goalie is hot like that we want to put even more pucks on net,” Suzuki said. “Try to get it in his feet and off his pads for chances for other guys.”

The undermanned Attack played with only ten forwards in the contest, two of which are natural defenceman in Cole Cameron and Luke Beamish, and have now dropped three straight games heading into the break.

“No one feels sorry for us,” said Hill. “We’re going to have to, to a man, find a way to get out of this.”

The Owen Sound Attack now take off for the extended holiday break returning home to the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre on Thursday, Dec. 28, to host the Midwest-leading Kitchener Rangers, puck drop is at 7 p.m.

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Re: Game 32/68 Knights @ Attack Dec 17 , 2017

Postby attackisback on Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:45 am ... the-season

London Knights goalie Joseph Raaymakers notches third shutout of the season

By Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press

Sunday, December 17, 2017 8:12:50 EST PM

After beating Mississauga Saturday, the Knights brass had a long conversation about goaltender Joseph Raaymakers.

About an hour later, they settled on using him for a 24th straight start Sunday afternoon at Owen Sound.

The marathon netminder was still at Budweiser Gardens, winding down, when he found out about it. “Not a lot of sleep, but I had a cat-nap on the bus,” he said after backstopping London to a 1-0 victory over the Attack before 2,881 at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. “Sometimes, you have to just get up, put your gear on and play.”

Raaymakers stopped 32 shots — 14 of them in a dominant, but fruitless, opening-period surge by Owen Sound. The goalie who left the Soo Greyhounds for more playing time has received a ton in London and become one of the league’s most reliable stoppers. “You have to be ready for anything in a period — two shots or 20,” the 19-year-old Chatham native said. “Right now, I’m confident in myself and happy with my preparation before games. That’s been the key to staying consistent.”

The Hunters and GM Rob Simpson are using this stretch without their world junior stars to decide what they will do at the OHL trade deadline next month. That — and Victor Mete’s fate — will chart their course. The Knights are 4-1 in the week since captain Robert Thomas and speedy Alex Formenton left for camp. After their horrid 1-8-1 start, they have played at a 17-6-1 clip with Raaymakers backing them up.

They could find themselves sitting in fourth place in the OHL’s Western Conference by the time the New Year rolls around.

“Any time the players hear or talk about (the start), they take it as a moment where they worked through some adversity,” assistant coach Rick Steadman said.

“They knew we were down and not in a spot we wanted to be, but came together with great character and leadership,” Steadman said. “It’s on the players.

“It could’ve went the other way, but we’re in a better position now.”

They’re in much better shape than the rival Attack, a pre-season favourite now hoping former Ottawa 67’s backup Olivier Lafreniere will be the money goaltender they have been missing.

“I believe we have a really good team,” Raaymakers said. “All of our guys are realizing that and we’re building on that, game-in and game-out.”

This was London’s third game in two-and-a-half days on the road and the final outing before the holiday break.

Players like Alex Turko and Cole Tymkin paid the physical price and Liam Foudy hustled to negate an icing in the final minute, bleeding off critical seconds for a tired squad.

The Knights mustered only 14 shots total, but still found a way to win on an Evan Bouchard second-period slapper. There is a lot of hope for the second half of the season.

“Any time you can leave for Christmas on a high note like this, it’s great,” Steadman said. “It makes that rest and time with your family that much more enjoyable and when you come back, you’re that much more ready to go.”

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE: The Knights have won three of four against Owen Sound this season — and the only defeat was in overtime on Oct. 15. Zack Bowman, the only Attack goaltender to beat London, is no longer with the team. London is 8-3-1 against its four Midwest Division foes. They are 2-1 against Guelph and Erie and they split a pair in Kitchener. The first step to a successful season is beating the teams you face most frequently and the Midwest is the weakest (or most balanced, if you prefer) in over a decade. “Those are the games that help you move up the standings,” Steadman said. The Knights play each of the four teams in their division six times — so there are 12 more to go in the second half.

QUICK HITS: The Knights-Attack game officially took one hour, 59 minutes to complete. The lack of scoring and a tremendous whistle-less run of nearly 10 minutes to begin the third period helped . . . Raaymakers’ third shutout ties him for tops in the league . . . The Knights finished the first half of the regular season with nine wins each on the home and road. They were 9-6-2 at the Bud and 9-8 after boarding their bus . . . Bouchard’s tally was his fifth game-winning goal — second in regulation. He is neck-and-neck for the OHL defencemen scoring lead with Owen Sound’s Sean Durzi (who didn’t play Sunday because of injury) and Guelph’s Ryan Merkley. If NHL teams were leery of him as a first-round pick next June before, they can’t be anymore . . . Londoner Nick Suzuki, the Attack star, has three goals and four points in two games at the Bud this season. But he is pointless in two tilts with the Knights at the Bayshore . . . The Knights scored first in all three games this weekend and didn’t allow a first-period goal. That’s usually a recipe for success.

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Knights 1, Attack 0

London goal: Evan Bouchard

Shutout by Joseph Raaymakers (32 saves)

Next: The Knights are in Flint Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Knights 1, Attack 0

3 Stars

1. Joseph Raaymakers, Knights.

2. Evan Bouchard, Knights.

3. Markus Phillips, Attack.

First period

No scoring.

Penalties – Duhart, Ldn (tripping), Bouchard, Ldn (cross-checking), Moro, Os (checking from behind) 19:07.

Second period

1. London, Bouchard 12 (unassisted) 15:12 (pp)

Penalties – Szypula, Os (high-sticking) 0:23, Coome, Ldn (tripping) 3:06, Russell, Os (high-sticking) 14:22, Foudy, Ldn (hooking) 16:19.

Third period

No scoring.

Penalties -- None.

Shots on goal by

London 2 10 2—14

Owen Sound 14 12 6—32

Goal: London: Raaymakers (W, 17-7); Owen Sound: Lafreniere (L, 4-9).

Power plays (goals-chances): Ldn 1-2. Os 0-3

Referees – TJ Foster, Ben Wilson. Linesmen – Kevin McArthur, Kevin Hastings.

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