Mark Hunter’s Changes Bring Another Knights Win


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Mark Hunter’s changes bring another Knights win May 10, 2012 7:15 AM

The London Knights didn’t put themselves one game away from a Memorial Cup trip because one or two guys suddenly turned into superheroes.

On this team, they pass the cape around.

It’s the only way to explain how Knights GM and head coach Mark Hunter decided to remove rookie first-rounder Bo Horvat from the Knights lineup and insert speedy Andreas Athanasiou in Game 4.

And wouldn’t you know it, the well-rested NHL draft prospect’s second-period burst led to another goal by Game 3 hero Chris Tierney for an insurmountable lead and a 4-1 victory to go up 3-1 in the series before 3,145 Wednesday night at Jack Gatecliff Arena.

There’s only one question left — what’s Hunter going to do for his next magic trick?

Niagara GM and head coach Marty Williamson, shuffled his lines, trying in vain to find some spark to ignite this world junior-laden team that led the OHL in scoring and has a strong power play.

The IceDogs have nine goals in four games so far against the Knights, and in their biggest game of the year, their only one was scored by hard-working Myles Doan, whose career-best is – you guessed it – nine in a season.

And even that one had to be reviewed before it counted.

London won two of the first three games by storming back from behind. This time, they forced the team that couldn’t hold five leads in this series to try digging themselves out of a hole.

The IceDogs couldn’t do it.

Niagara has to beat the Knights three straight to win this series. London hasn’t lost more than two in a row all year.

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