The London Knights are hoping for a great start to the playoffs on Good Friday.
The OHL’s regular season wrapped on Sunday with the Knights in third place in the Western Conference, a position that was determined with Saturday’s 4-3 loss in Erie.
The Knights will face Owen Sound in the first round of the playoffs, the first two games will be in London on Friday and Saturday.
London won the season series with Owen Sound 4-2.
The Knights and Attack haven’t met in the playoffs since 2011 when Owen Sound eliminated London from the first round of the playoffs in six games.
Five years later, the Knights go into the first round matchup as the heavy favourites. London finished 30 points higher than Owen Sound in the playoffs, scored 100 more goals than the Attack and gave up 40 fewer goals.
The Knights finished the regular season with three of the top five scorers in the league.
Christian Dvorak finished second to Barrie’s Kevin LeBlanc in league scoring, closing the regular season with 121 points, six behind LeBlanc. Mitch Marner finished third in league scoring with 116 points while rookie Matthew Tkachuk capped his season with 107 points.
The Knights have the OHL’s top goal scorer in Christian Dvorak, who finished with 52 goals and the top goalie in Tyler Parsons, who lead the league in goals against average, save percentage and finished second in wins.
Aside from London and Owen Sound, in the western conference, the Erie Otters will host the Saginaw Spirit, the Sarnia Sting will take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Kitchener Rangers will play the Windsor Spitfires.
In the Eastern Conference, the Kingston Frontenacs will host the Oshawa Generals, the Barrie Colts will face the Mississauga Steelheads, the North Bay Battalion will play the Peterborough Petes, and the Niagara IceDogs take on the Ottawa 67’s.
Kitchener/Windsor, Barrie/Mississauga and Niagara/Ottawa will start their respective series on Thursday, all others will begin on Friday.
London Knights vs. Owen Sound:
Game 1, Fri, Mar 25 at London – 7:30 p.m.
Game 2, Sat, Mar 26 at London – 7:00 p.m.
Game 3, Mon, Mar 28 at Owen Sound – 7:00 p.m.
Game 4, Wed, Mar 30 at Owen Sound – 7:00 p.m.
Game 5, Fri, Apr 1 at London – 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6, Sun, Apr 3 at Owen Sound – 2:00 p.m.*
Game 7, Tues, Apr 5 at London – 7:00 p.m.*