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On A Happier Note: London Knights Clinch Top Spot in the OHL

March 18, 2012

The riot excitement aside, London’s Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Knights finished their regular season on a high note Saturday evening, winning the OHL regular season crown with 46 wins and 99 points.  Despite leading the OHL and sitting on top of the CHL rankings for most of the season as well, the Knights had stumbled in the past month, losing 4 of 7 and scoring only 21 goals while getting shutout twice going into the final weekend.

No one wants to enter the playoffs on a losing streak and the Knights had just played their rival Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires to 1-0 and 2-0 scores respectively.  The final weekend wasn’t just about wins and the points title, it was about momentum entering the playoffs. A 3-2 victory over Sarnia in their last regular season home game allowed London to rest star stopper Michael Houser.

Tyson Teichmann, obtained in the trade with Erie that brought both Teichmann and sniper Greg McKegg to the Knights, stepped in and posted a shutout. In combination with a loss by Plymouth Whalers, the win gave the Knights their 5th Hamilton Spectator Trophy as OHL Regular Season Champions in the past 10 years. With all playoff positions now set, London gets set to host the Windsor Spitfires.

Instead of stumbling into the playoffs, the Knights seem to be back on track.  The keys to London’s success all year has been their depth on both the forward lines and on defence along with solid goaltending. Their absentee offence seems to have restored itself and come back to life and they have a healthy line-up. Depth wins playoff series, so it is to be hoped that this will continue to be a strength.

Next Up: London Vs Windsor

 

 

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