Knights open season with Spirit

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:06 PM ET

The London Knights will open the 2006-07 regular season schedule the same way they started 2005-06 -- with a home game against the Saginaw Spirit.

London goalie Steve Mason, who will be taking over the No. 1 crease job from graduated OHL goaltender of the year Adam Dennis, has a chance to show how much he has improved after receiving the home-opening start last season and getting pulled early in the Knights' 10-7 loss to the Spirit at the John Labatt Centre. The 18-year-old Oakville native is the most likely Knight to be selected in next weekend's NHL draft.

London, which will be a much younger looking team without captain Dylan Hunter and the OHL's top scorers in Rob Schremp and David Bolland, has a chance to start quickly with seven of its first 10 games on home ice at the JLC.

The Knights have won three straight OHL regular season crowns and missed a third straight 50-win campaign on the final weekend of the 2005-06 schedule.

Notably, the Knights have an OHL final rematch with the defending champion Peterborough Petes on Nov. 26 at the JLC before visiting the Peterborough Memorial Centre Jan. 4.

Phenom John Tavares and his Oshawa Generals make a lone visit to London Nov. 10 and Ottawa 67's rising star Logan Couture, a Forest City native, returns home on Oct. 8.

Rivals London and Sarnia meet six times again this season with the familiar New Year's Eve day game held by the Sting at 2:05 p.m. and the New Year's Day return contest in London at 4 p.m.


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