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PETERBOROUGH – The Peterborough Petes are a long shot from making the OHL playoffs in 2018, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have an effect on them. The London Knights head to Peterborough in Thursday night to take on the Petes from the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Puck drop is at 7:05.
While Peterborough may be out of it, London has already punched their ticket to the playoffs, the only question is, where will they end up?
Currently sitting in 5th in the OHL Western conference, it seems London and Owen Sound are a lock to play each other in the first round. Owen Sound sits in 4th with 69 points, London, just a single point behind the Attack. The best chance either Owen Sound or London have to move up higher than 4th, is to jump into 2nd and take over for the Midwest division leading Kitchener Rangers. Kitchener sits 13 points up on the Attack and 14 points up on London. The teams in 6th, 7th, and 8th place in the OHL Western conference have 62, 61, 61 points respectively. Not far off from London or Owen Sound, but not necessarily close considering there is less than 10 games remaining.
That is where Peterborough comes in. Tonight, the Petes will look to knock off London, and not allow them to move up in the standings. If they can, they will embrace the role of spoiler. Peterborough comes into the game in 9th place in the OHL Eastern conference. The Petes are 9 points back of 8th place Mississauga with just 9 games left in the season. The odds don’t favour Peterborough, but there is a chance.
In their last game Peterborough lost 4-3 to Owen Sound, not doing London any favours. The Petes could really help out Owen Sound if they beat London on Thursday. Prior to their loss to Owen Sound, Peterborough had beaten Kingston and Niagara in their previous two games. Not only at this part of the season is Peterborough looking to play spoiler, they’re looking to get experience that their young core can take into the future.
London comes into the contest losing their last two games, by a combined score of 10-4. A 4-2 loss to Ottawa and a 6-2 loss to Sault Ste. Marie, both at home, was not what the Knights were looking for heading into last weekend. They’ll have three games this weekend to try and avenge their past weekend’s woes. London, and it’s fan base, would love to secure home ice in the first round of the playoffs.
This will be the first time the two squads meet in Peterborough this season. The lone matchup before this was a 4-3 London win in overtime back on December 8th. Over the past number of years, the games have been fairly close, and the series is deadlocked on wins and losses.
This will be the final time the two teams meet in the regular season.
You can watch the game on YourTV Peterborough or on the OHL Live stream. You can listen to the game on AM 980 Global News Radio London, or on 90.5 FM eXtra Talk Sports in Peterborough.
Peterborough – 59 Games Played, 22-31-6, 191 Goals For, 234 Goals Allowed, 4-6-0 in last 10 games
London – 59 Games Played, 32-23-4, 195 Goals For, 183 Goals Allowed, 6-4-0 in last 10 games