Game Report: London Jr. Knights at Cambridge Hawks (Sept.15, 2016)

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The game started off exactly how the Cambridge Hawks had hoped, jumping out in front with two early goals. However, London chipped away at that lead and ended up scoring six unanswered, taking the Alliance season opener 6-2.

While London got some really good early pressure in the first period, it was the Hawks who scored on their very first shot on net of the season. Ryan Campbell, whom some believe is the top forward in the Alliance this season, was the man behind the first goal as he banged the puck in from in front of the net. Later on in the first, the Jr. Knights got into some penalty trouble and it was David Anderson who picked a top corner from the circle to put Cambridge up 2-0. The offensive potential of Anderson was very apparent in the opening game.

The first period belonged to Cambridge, but it was the 2nd and 3rd that was dominated by London. Luke Drewitt scored less than 30 seconds into the period to cut the lead in half and then scored with 30 seconds left in the 2nd period to put London ahead 3-2.

The 3rd period saw more control from London with Cambridge only managing a few chances on Owen Say. Brett Budgell scored a beauty to cap off the evening and give London their first win of the season. Budgell ended the evening with three points and Drewitt was a big Jet Greaves save away from having the hat trick.

London 3 Standouts:

  1. Luke Drewitt – Obviously with two goals he was a factor on the offensive end. Drewitt created chances throughout the game and was probably London’s most successful forward up front.
  2. Ryan Suzuki – Suzuki displayed some of the skills that have people talking about him as the top forward in the Alliance. His quick wrists and puck movement are going to be a treat to watch throughout the season.
  3. Brendan Speziale – Relegated to defence due to Matthew Couto being kicked out of the game early, Speziale played sound defence when called upon and flashed some of his playmaking skills leading the rush late in the game.

Cambridge 3 Standouts:

  1. Ryan Campbell – Campbell scored the first goal of the game and continued to be a nuisance for London on the forecheck. His size and speed will lead to many chances over the course of the season.
  2. John McDonald – When the Hawks got into penalty trouble, it was McDonald who did a fantastic job killing off the penalties. His endurance while keeping the puck in London’s end got a well deserved round of applause from the crowd.
  3. David Anderson – Anderson showed off his knack for scoring goals with a beautiful top corner goal in the 1st period. Anderson also had a couple more chances, something that could become a regular occurrence this year.
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