April 16, 2017
The Western Conference’s biggest rivals, the Erie Otters and London Knights, met in London for Game 6 of the second-round series, the Knights on the brink of elimination. Despite surrendering nearly twice as many shots to the Otters, the Knights eked out a win in overtime off of Tyler Parsons’ play in net.
The Otters hounded the Knights through the first period, wanting to finish the series in Game 6 instead of going back home for a risky Game 7. It didn’t take them long to get on the board, as Jordan Sambrook walked in from the point and snapped a shot over the glove of London goaltender Tyler Parsons, giving the Otters a 1-0 lead early in the game. It was the only goal scored through the first twenty minutes.
The second period saw nearly eighteen minutes of scoreless hockey, the defensive efforts by the defenders shutting down any offensive opportunity. The Otters took a careless penalty for too many men, however, leading to the Knights’ first goal just before the end of the period, tying the game at one off Janne Kuokkanen’s one-timer from the slot. The Otters skated off for the second intermission with the game tied as they looked to eliminate their rival.
Despite several promising scoring chances per team in the third period, goaltenders Parsons and Troy Timpano (Erie) stopped every shot that came their way, necessitating overtime to decide the outcome of the matchup.
Despite creating the better offensive chances in overtime, the Otters were unable to get one past Parsons and, coming back the other way, Mitchell Stephens scored on a diving play to force Game 7.
Jordan Sambrook scored the Otters goal, and Troy Timpano made 24 saves on 26 shots in the loss.
Janne Kuokkanen and Mitchell Stephens scored the Knights’ goals, and Tyler Parsons made 44 saves on 45 shots in the win.
The Otters and Knights will play Game 7 on April 18 in Erie.