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Gameday Preview: Greyhounds face major test in trip opener

Wednesday, December 04, 2013   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The next major test for the Soo Greyhounds comes on Wednesday night as the team prepares for a string of four straight games on the road.

Wednesday night sees the Greyhounds travel to London to take on the Memorial Cup host-London Knights.

The Knights enter Wednesday’s game at Budweiser Gardens as one of the hottest teams in the Ontario Hockey League, having won eight of ten entering the game.

London has had the edge in play between the two clubs over the past five seasons, posting a record of 13-2-1-0 against the Greyhounds, including a 7-1-0-0 record in London.

The Greyhounds enter the game with a 19-5-0-3 record, good for 41 points and top spot in the OHL’s West Division. The Greyhounds are seven points ahead of the Windsor Spitfires and Saginaw Spirit in the division as the two teams have 34 points. Windsor has the upper hand with more wins.

London has a 19-6-1-1 record. The Knights are third in the Midwest Division with 40 points and fourth in the Western Conference. The Knights are in a battle for second in the division with the Guelph Storm, who are three points ahead of the Knights in the standings.

As some of the Western Conference powers, namely the Erie Otters and Guelph Storm, make deals in an effort to load up for long playoff runs, the Knights have added pieces throughout the season, namely defencemen Alex Basso, Tim Bender and Zach Bell. Many still expect the Knights to make another move.

Guelph was the latest to add as the Storm acquired forward Kerby Rychel from the Windsor Spitfires along with defenceman Nick Ebert in exchange for Brody Milne, second round picks in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, a third round pick in 2016, fourth round picks in 2014 and 2015 and a 15th round pick in 2017.

The Knights are led by the like of forwards Bo Horvat, Chris Tierney and Max Domi as well as rookie forward Mitchell Marner.

The two teams have yet to face each other this season as Wednesday marks the first of four regular season meetings between the two clubs.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

Other action around the OHL on Wednesday night includes (home team listed first):

  • Owen Sound vs. Kitchener (7:00 p.m.)
  • Belleville vs. Oshawa (7:05 p.m.)

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TEAM LEADERS

Goals: SSM – Sergey Tolchinsky: 16; LDN – Chris Tierney, Josh Anderson: 13
Assists: SSM – Sergey Tolchinsky: 29; LDN – Bo Horvat: 25
Points: SSM – Sergey Tolchinsky: 45; LDN – Bo Horvat: 37
Penalty Minutes: SSM – Darnell Nurse: 49; LDN – Josh Anderson: 48

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S.M.A.R.T. 12/4/2013 12:16:43 PM Report

GO HOUNDS GO!!!
houston 12/4/2013 6:20:23 PM Report

It"s disappointing that Nurse and Murray won't be playing for the Canadian junior team, but it means we won't lose them for any games around Christmas. What about Tolchinsky; is he playing for Russia?
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