December 05, 2015

Knights top line runs rampant in Konecny's hometown, Herbst's first OHL rink

2013 first overall pick Travis Konecny will be a lot happier come Boxing Day should he be teammates, or potentially linemates, with the last pick in that year's first round, Mitch Marner.

London's top pick from the prior year, Liam Herbst, probably wishes he was still with the team that selected him too.

Herbst has now allowed 15 goals in just seven periods of action against his original OHL team after tonight's 7-2 loss, making Leo Lazarev's control of the crease more and more insurmountable.

Marner had a hattrick, his two shorthanded goals exposing Ottawa's four-forward powerplay setup, while Christian Dvorak added four points for the home side, going 75% in the faceoff circle as well.

Konecny, playing in his hometown, lead the 67's in shots, but was unable to find the scoresheet and was on the ice for four goals against.

With a pair of lopsided losses to the two best in the West, this may be the push for Ottawa to go into buy mode to cement themselves as contenders.

Until then, Konecny's best chance at any sort of championship is if he does line up alongside Marner, breaking the Barberpoles' 12-year drought without a Team Canada representative.

Ottawa gets Sarnia to try and prevent a 3-in-3 sweep tomorrow.

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