Knights on record attendance pace

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

The London Knights are on pace for a franchise mark in single-season attendance this year, but the John Labatt Centre's capacity of 9,090 precludes them from setting any OHL or Canadian Hockey League records.

With 23 sellouts in the books and another 11 on the way, the Knights' total attendance will be 309,060 over 34 regular season games, which will be tops in the OHL. During their march to the Memorial Cup title last year, the Knights drew 307,296 in the regular season.

The Ottawa 67's had a turnstile count of 314,041 in 2004-05, while the CHL record remains the Portland Winter Hawks and their 315,763 total in 1995-96 for 36 home dates.

The Western conference-leading Knights have a 20-2-0-1 record at home this season, which is second in the league to Eastern leader Peterborough's 20-2 mark.

Hot Guad

Though London's Adam Dennis and Guelph's Ryan MacDonald will be heading to the OHL all-star game next week, the league's hottest goalie might be Windsor's Anthony Guadagnolo.

The surging Spitfires, who play host to London tomorrow night, are soaring toward first place in the OHL's West Division and Guadagnolo has helped put them there with the league's best save percentage (.919) and the stingiest goals-against average (2.58).

Londoner Bill Dark, who is Windsor's goalie coach, has seen a shift in the Spits' fortunes since the team acquired the puckstopper from Ottawa at the start of the season.

"He has been the first star in 80 per cent of the games he's in," Dark said. "He's the most competitive goalie I've ever seen and never gives up on the puck. He's 19 years old and has never had the opportunity to be a No. 1 goalie in this league before now. Hopefully, he keeps playing the way he can, we keep winning and he can parlay this into a pro contract."

Injury update

Injured London defenceman David Halasz, who had knee trouble, skated for the first time with his new team yesterday since his trade from Oshawa at the deadline two weeks ago. He will be evaluated this week and is expected to make his Knights debut in the next few weeks . . . London defenceman Andrew Wilkins has been sidelined for at least a week with a mild concussion suffered on a hit by Storm forward Jamie Arniel Sunday night in Guelph . . . Knights forward Jamie VanderVeeken has been cleared to play after missing the past month with a broken bone in his hand. The 19-year-old will be fitted for a playing cast tomorrow and will be available to play in Windsor.


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