Knights set to match road record

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

The London Knights will have to earn their way into the OHL record book tonight.

The Knights, looking to equal the league mark for most road wins in a season, play in Brampton against the Battalion.

The Battalion, battling Peterborough for first in the Eastern Conference, have lost only five times on home ice.

The Knights, 48-4-2-0 overall, are 23-3-0-0 on the road. The OHL record for road wins is 24, set by the 1998-99 Ottawa 67's, then matched by Guelph last season.

The Knights beat the Battalion 4-1 on Jan. 14 in London.

Stan Butler has coached the Battalion since they joined the league in 1998. He had also spent two years in Oshawa.

"Without a doubt London is the best team I've seen in my nine years in the OHL," Butler said yesterday.

"They're depth up front is something. Most teams have one player from an offensive standpoint that you have to shut down, London has five. Then you look at their defence and they have two No. 1 goalies.

"I don't remember a team that ever had that depth at all three positions. And that's not even talking about the role players."

The Battalion expect to break their franchise-record crowd (4,477) tonight. The Brampton Sports Centre holds 4,980.


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