The Knights were the Knights. No lead is safe against them. A few weeks ago in Owen Sound they trailed the Attack 6-3 going into the 3rd. They tied it in the 3rd and won it in a shoot-out.
Did the Knights deserve to win this game? Yes. Did they get some help shifting the momentum in their favour? Yes.
There was a huge delay by the refs after Llewellyn made it 4-0. They were on the phone to video review for a long time on what clearly was a good goal
The high sticking call on Hora late in the 2nd was a joke. The replay clearly showed the London player throwing his head back and no stick anywhere near his face. They score with 0.03 seconds left in the period.
2 non calls on pretty obvious London penalties, then a questionable holding penalty to Damiani and London makes it 4-3.
Those things helped the Knights.
I wish McKee had called a time out after the 3rd London goal. The Knights scored about 2 minutes before that. Calm the boys down, cool London off a bit, refocus. Unfortunately he didn't and they scored again 6 seconds later.
A bad clearing attempt late in the 3rd is kept in and the Knights win it in the last minute. I felt bad for Luke Richardson.
There has to be a way to keep the lead when you are up 4-0. Yes the Rangers are younger than the Knights. Meireles, Vallati, Damiani, Guest, Seitz. Schiemenz and Peterson are all in their first OHL season, but there are veterans who need to lead. In my opinion Llewellyn is the only one with a letter who truly leads. On the CTV interview Hora looked and sounded lost. He's got to lead by example.
I credit the Knights. They have a reputation for being able to comeback. During the intermission almost everyone I spoke with was thinking the Knights would probably come back. They can get in the heads of the teams they are playing. They can take their level of play up a few levels and overcome the other team's lead. They do this against all teams, not just the Rangers.
There are things in a game you can't control, but the things you can, you've got to. Playing London demands a mental toughness, emotional control and a game long, strong and consistent focus and effort. Last night the Rangers didn't control what they could.