Kale Kerbashian scored 1:55 into overtime as the London Knights survived a five-goal rally by the Erie Otters to earn a 6-5 win in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night.
Kerbashian took advantage of a bad line change by the Otters and converted a two-on-one breakaway.
Phil Varone gave the Knights the lead when he lifted a shot over Otters goalie Jaroslav Janus and underneath the crossbar with 4:51 remaining in the opening period. Less than four minutes later, Nazem Kadri’s team-leading fourth goal of the season extended London’s advantage to 2-0.
Left wing Garett Hunter put the Knights ahead by three on a controversial goal 4:48 into the second. Hunter scored moments after London’s Tucker Hunter had fallen on top of Janus just outside the crease.
London scored three goals on 10 shots in the second period and held a 5-0 lead by the 14:07 of the frame.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Barrie 7, Windsor 2; Belleville 2, Guelph 1; Kitchener 2, Owen Sound 1; Oshawa 5, Peterborough 2; Plymouth 7, Niagara 6 (SO); Saginaw 3, Sudbury 2 (SO); and Sarnia 3, Brampton 0.
At Erie, Pa., Scott Aarssen and Chris MacKinnon had the other goals for London (4-3-0).
Nick Palmieri had a pair of goals for Erie (2-3-1), with Justin Hodgman, Brandon Biggers, Shawn Szydlowski had the other goals for the Otters who scored four goals in the third period.
Generals 5, Petes 2
At Peterborough, Ont., John Tavares scored two goals to lead Oshawa over the Petes.
Michael Del Zotto, Conor Stokes, and Tyler Taylor also scored for the Generals (3-3-0), with Kory Nagy adding three assists.
Jake Laplante and Pat Daley scored in the second period for Peterborough (2-6-0).
Whalers 7, IceDogs 6 (SO)
At St. Catharines, Ont., Myles McCauley scored the winner in the shootout as Plymouth beat the IceDogs.
Joe Gaynor and Vern Cooper scored two goals each for Plymouth (3-3-0). Chris Terry and R.J. Mahalak added singles.
Alex Friesen, Andrew Agozzino, Freddie Hamilton, Andrew Shaw, Chris DeSousa and Dylan MacEachern had the goals for Niagara (2-2-3).
It was the second shootout loss in as many home games for the IceDogs who had fallen 3-2 to the Belleville Bulls on Thursday.
Spirit 3, Wolves 2 (SO)
At Saginaw, Mich., Barry Sanderson scored the only goal in the shootout as the Spirit earned a victory over Sudbury.
Kyle Bochek and Richard Jarusek scored in regulation for Saginaw (3-3-0).
Eric O’Dell and Sergei Sheleg replied for Sudbury (3-0-1).
Bulls 2, Storm 1
At Belleville, Ont., Tyler Randell’s goal at 5:59 of the second period proved to be the winner as the Bulls edged Guelph.
Matthew Tipoff scored on the power play for Belleville (5-1-0), which moved four points ahead of Oshawa and Ottawa for top spot in the East Division.
Anthony Nigro replied in the third period for Guelph (5-1-0).
Sting 3, Battalion 0
At Sarnia, Ont., Matt Hache blocked all 38 shots fired in his direction as the Sting blanked Brampton.
Matt Martin scored two goals for Sarnia (2-4-1), with Steve Reese adding a short-handed marker.
Patrick Killeen made 14 saved in net for Brampton (2-3-0).
Rangers 2, Attack 1
At Owen Sound, Ont., Michael Catenacci’s goal 9:25 into the third period gave Kitchener a victory over Owen Sound.
Scott Timmins added a short-handed goal for Kitchener (2-2-1).
Garrett Wilson scored for Owen Sound (1-3-1).
Colts 7, Spitfires 2
At Barrie, Ont., Stefan Della Rovere scored three goals and added an assist as the Colts routed Windsor.
Kyle Clifford, Mitch Lebar, Alex Hutchings and Adam Payerl also scored for Barrie (3-1-1).
Dale Mitchell and Andrei Loktionov replied with power-play goals for Windsor (6-1-0).