Evan Bouchard of the London Knights. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell via OHL Images)

Knights Fall to Hounds 6-4

Max Jones and Evan Bouchard had two points each but the London Knights dropped their regular season finale on the road to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6-4 Sunday.

The Knights complete the regular season with 99 points and fourth place in the OHL Western Conference.  This means the Knights will play the Windsor Spitfires in the first round of the OHL playoffs with home-ice advantage.

Olli Juolevi put London on the board first with a power-play goal just under four minutes into the opening period.  The Hounds then tied it up and took the lead on two straight goals in the first.  Boris Katchouk had the equalizer, then David Miller put the Hounds in the lead.  The Knights tied the game at 2-2 before the first intermission on a power-play goal from J.J. Piccinich, who would finish behind Cliff Pu in team season points with 72.

The Knights scored twice within the first minute of the second period.  Bouchard’s goal at 19 ticks in broke the tie, and Jones provided at least temporary insurance just 29 seconds later.   Sault Ste. Marie answered back with two more goals before the end of the middle frame, off the sticks of Zachary Senyshyn and Katchouk (his second of the game).

The Greyhounds put the game away with two goals in the third period, from Blake Speers and Morgan Frost.

Tyler Johnson had 37 saves for the Knights between the pipes, while Joseph Raaymakers had 18 saves in the Hounds’ winning effort.

Game 1 of the first round playoff series with Windsor will be Friday night at Budweiser Gardens.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm.