LONDON -- The 67's are assured of at least a spot in Friday's tie-breaker at the Memorial Cup.
And they can thank the Knights, the team that beat Ottawa for the OHL championship, for putting them in that position after London downed the defending Cup-champion Kelowna Rockets 4-2 last night at the John Labatt Centre.
"It's a big plus for us to know that we've at least locked up a tie-breaker spot," said 67's centre Brad Bonello.
"But we're 1-0 and we're going to try to improve our record as much as we can. Maybe we can use this as extra motivation for the rest of the tournament."
Ottawa faces the Rimouski Oceanic tonight and a 67's win would assure a berth in Saturday's semi-final.
A win would also set up a showdown for first place between the 67's and Knights.
If that were to happen, Knights forward Corey Perry expects a tough game.
"They play hard. We played them five times in the past few weeks, and Thursday will be No. 6," said Perry, who scored twice last night.
"We know what their tendencies are and we know how well they play. They beat us here in our building, only the second team all year that beat us here."
Perry said he wasn't surprised that the 67's beat Kelowna on Sunday.
"Killer (Brian Kilrea) always has those guys going, and makes sure they're well prepared," said Perry. "They were prepared (Sunday) night, and they got big goals when they needed them."
Last night's win improved the Knights' record to 2-0 in the round-robin.
London trailed 39 seconds into the game on a goal by Kelowna winger Troy Bodie, but, as usual, the Knights rebounded and found a way to win.
Drew Larman tied it in the first, and Perry added his pair in the middle period to put the Knights in control.