McMichael’s 3 point night leads London to victory over Owen Sound

Connor McMichael credits his line-mates and the Knights’ PP for his personal 9 game point streak.

“I’m playing with the same 2 line-mates all year. Our team has been clicking and our PP is working, credit to them,” said McMichael.

He had a goal and two assists in London’s 4-2 win over Owen Sound. McMichael has 27 points in the past 9 games, a key factor in the Knights’ current 5 game winning streak.

“My first year(with the Knights) they swept us in the first round(of playoffs in 2018). I have always had a bittersweet taste playing here… it’s huge to come in a building like this and pull off the win,” said McMichael.

“I’ve always known he’s been a good player but he’s been incredibly impressive this year. I thought he was really good Thursday in the Canada Russia game, but tonight seeing him first hand, he’s an unbelievable player,” said Attack Assistant Coach Joey Hishon about the Washington Capitals prospect.

Liam Foudy opened the scoring for the Knights in the first period on the PP. He knocked in a rebound at the left face-off circle for his 6th goal of the year.

Aidan Dudas beat Knights goalie Dylan Myskiw to even the game at 1. He used his backhand to fire the puck, which went through the five-hole of Myskiw for his 8th goal of the season.

Dylan Myskiw of the London Knights. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Just over 3 minutes later, McMichael forced a turnover at the blue line, sending him on a breakaway and sliding the puck past Attack goalie Mack Guzda to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.

Alec Regula scored the Knights’ 2nd PP goal in the first period. He received a pass from McMichael and backhanded it top shelf to give the Knights a 3-1 lead at the end of 20 minutes of play.

With the Attack being off for 7 days, Hishon admitted that the long break may have contributed to the team’s tough first period.

“I think that probably contributed to it. You know London is going to come out hard every time you play them, especially the Owen Sound-London rivalry… it’s a man’s game when we play against London.”

There was no scoring after the Regula goal until the 16:07 mark in the 3rd period. Owen Sound defenceman Igor Chibrikov walked in from the blue line and wristed the puck over Myskiw’s glove to cut the lead to 3-2.

Igor Chibrikov of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Liam Foudy scored on the Attack’s empty net to seal the deal for the Knights, who are now 1st in the Midwest Division with 22 points.

London went 2/5 on the PP, while the Attack went 0/5.

Dylan Myskiw made 41 saves for the Knights. He has won all 4 games since being acquired from the Sarnia Sting. “He has been a key addition for us. We’ve put confidence in him and he’s been awesome so far,” said McMichael.

Mack Guzda made 39 saves for Owen Sound in the loss. The Attack are back in action Sunday afternoon at 2 as they host the Erie Otters.

Notes:

London is tied with Windsor for the best PP % in the OHL at 31.6%. With their top unit consisting of Merkley, Foudy and McMichael, who are all first-round NHL draft picks that can quarterback the PP.

“It’s huge. We can all shoot the puck and make plays. It throws the other teams PK off and works in our favor.” said McMichael.

The Attack wore camouflage jerseys for Military Appreciation Night.

It was also Woolley’s Warriors night. Fans were encouraged to bring small household items or clothing for donation.

“We asked the ownership group and everybody here if it would be possible. They were happy to help out, and I appreciated that,” said Woolley about approaching the organization to have the inaugural Woolley’s Warriors night.