Knights want Downie out

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

The London Knights will be angry if Peterborough pest Steve Downie plays in Game 3 of the OHL final at the John Labatt Centre tonight.

Downie didn't receive a penalty for spearing London defenceman Ryan Martinelli in the dying seconds of the third period Sunday and the Knights were baffled they didn't start overtime with a power-play situation.

"It wasn't called, so it must have not been that hard," Downie said afterward.

The OHL is reviewing the incident and, if the same process is followed as in Knight Kris Belan's suspension for ramming Owen Sound's Bob Sanguinetti in the second round, a decision will be made before tonight's game.

Martinelli said Downie caught him right in the crotch with his stick and that everyone in the rink -- plus the TV audience watching on Rogers Sportsnet -- would've been able to see it.

"It's on TV. It's right there. You can't miss it," London head coach Dale Hunter said. "We'll see what happens."

Though London plays in Peterborough at least once every OHL regular season, Hunter was dumfounded by the corners at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

"It's dangerous and someone can get hurt if they get hit in there," Hunter said. "They renovate the place and don't fix the boards. It would be like us building (the JLC) and saying we want 10 feet shorter in the neutral zone like the Ice House for (nostalgia's) sake."

London's injured goalie, Adam Dennis, didn't hide his disdain for the corners that often pop a puck right into the slot on a dump-in.

"It's bush league -- the best way to describe the rink is as a barn because the boards are almost rectangular," Dennis said. "I told (backup Steve Mason), 'Don't bother leaving the net.' It's a huge advantage for Peterborough because they know their corners and they got four or five scoring chances out of it."

The Knights think it could be useful to hold a practice at the arena tomorrow before Thursday's Game 4, but that has to be cleared with the OHL and the Petes.

The league also has to find an alternate route for Dale Hunter and a Knights player to use when travelling to the post-game news conference.

On Sunday, Hunter and son Dylan were led through a portion of the stands and subjected to profanity and taunts by a couple of pumped-up Petes fans.

"Next time, we'll cut across the ice if we have to," Hunter said.


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