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Stratford falls to London in overtime, 5-4 (OT)
Story by Narrative Science.
The London Nationals' John Adams scored 6:36 into overtime to beat the Stratford Cullitons, 5-4 (OT).
With the win, London evened the series at 1-1 in the best of seven showdown.
The Nationals were paced by Adams, who finished with one goal and one assist.
In the losing effort, Stratford was led by Joe Leahy, who registered two goals. Leahy scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 8:17 into the second period to make the score 2-2. The Cullitons had gotten the advantage when London's Austin Kemp was sent off for cross checking. Justin Graham picked up the assist. Leahy's next tally on the power play made the score 3-2 Stratford with 11:07 left in the second period. A roughing penalty on Callum Ruddock had put Stratford on the power play. Josh Miller provided the assist.
The Cullitons were unable to stop the Nationals from sending pucks towards the net, and London eventually piled up 54 shots on goal.
Others who scored for London included Rai Di Loreto, Matt Doty, and Colin Wilson, who each put in one. In addition, London received assists from Scott Dorion, Kyle Robinson, Kevin Madden, and Max Vinogradov, who contributed one each and Scott Goodman and Brenden Trottier, who each chipped in two.
Stratford forced the Nationals goalie Connor Hughes to work between the pipes, taking 55 shots. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
Stratford also had goals scored by Deven Kropf and Zander Pryor, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Stratford were Jared Nash, who had two and Brock Heshka, Jack Scanlan, and Tyson Baker, who contributed one each.
Hughes rejected 51 shots on goal for London. The Nationals incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors. Alexander Brooks-Potts recorded 49 saves for the Cullitons. Stratford totaled 19 minutes in penalty time with seven minors and one major and went 2-for-7 on the power play. For the Cullitons, Baker was ejected from the game.