With the OHL trade deadline past and the trio of new Knights in the lineup. London welcomed a week in which they played 5 games since last Friday. It gave them time to get to know their new teammates off the ice and spirited practices to learn their tendencies on the ice. With the abundance of games the Knights have played since the trade deadline it can only help with the familiarity of one another.
The London Knights were proud to announce that they collected over $8,100 in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association during last Friday’s game against the Saginaw Spirit. The money will used in the London area to improve mental health services in London and the surrounding area.
Veteran defenceman and Montreal Canadiens draft pick Victor Mete is still out of action for the Knights after taking a puck to the ear last Friday night and no timetable has been set for his return. Newly acquired defenceman Mitchell Vande Sompel only missed the remainder of that game and has been back in the lineup since Friday night.
London defeated the Spirit in a conclusion of a home and home with Saginaw last Saturday night. London then made the arduous trip on Sunday afternoon to take on a fresh Division leading Soo Greyhounds team. The Knights gave it a yeoman’s effort, but fell short 3-2 in overtime. The Knights were back at it on a rare Wednesday home game against the Sarnia Sting. A game in which both teams lacked the usual jump, the Knights again fell 3-2 this time in a shootout. It will take a bit of time before the Knights and their new players hit their stride. But when they do London should quickly rise to the top of the division.
Friday night London welcomed a rare visit from the Ottawa 67’s and former teammate Chris Martenet. The 67’s are a very young team and are looking to the future. The Knights were in full control throughout the game and all 3 newly acquired players figured in the scoring as London cruised to a 7-2 victory. With the victory London still trails the Greyhounds by 2 points for top spot in the West.
London will welcome the Niagara IceDogs on Sunday afternoon and to close the gap on the Greyhounds and prepare for their big matchup with the Erie Otters next Friday night.
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