Friday Knight

RYAN PYETTE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

LONDON KNIGHTS (18-9-0-2) vs. SOO GREYHOUNDS (21-7-1-1)

WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at the John Labatt Centre.

THE MATCHUP: It's the first meeting between the two since London won Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal at the JLC. The Knights, up 3-0 at one point in the series, were in danger of an embarrassing and historic collapse before pulling out an 8-4 win in the final game.

THROW THOSE BEARS: It's the annual Sun Life Teddy Bear Toss tonight. Fans are asked to bring a stuffed bear and toss the toy on the ice after London scores its first goal. Speaking of donations, the Knights will announce a special gift today aimed at the London Public Library and the Thames Valley and London District Catholic school boards to support youth literacy.

NEW IN SOO: F Wayne Simmonds played for Owen Sound in a 5-4 overtime loss to London last week amid heavy trade talk he and team captain Scott Tregunna would be moved by the rebuilding Attack. It happened -- Tregunna was shipped to Kitchener while the Soo, which beat the Rangers in a shootout at home last Sunday, countered by acquiring his high-flying linemate, the Attack's leading scorer at the time.

WORKING OVERTIME: London captain Adam Perry said it best: "We just can't seem to get things settled in regulation." The Knights have been on a streak of extra hockey lately with seven of their past eight games requiring OT and/or the shootout. During this span, they got two sudden-winners from Akim Aliu, another from D Vladimir Roth and split four shootout games (two against Plymouth, a loss to Sarnia and a win over Oshawa).

LAST CALL FOR MASON: London G Steve Mason expects to play all three games this weekend before departing to the Canadian world junior camp Monday. "I'm looking forward to it. We just had a player conference call telling us what to expect in Calgary. I'm excited. I thought I had a good showing in the Super Series and I was there last year and know what to expect."

GAJEWSKI'S A JEWEL: Londoner Kyle Gajewski, 20, comes in after allowing only four goals in three wins last week, including the shootout victory over Kitchener, and boasted a .952 save percentage. He entered last night needing just four wins to reach 100 in his OHL career.

ROAD WARRIORS: The 'Hounds are in the midst seven straight road games. They aren't back home until Dec. 29, marking nearly four weeks between home dates.

ALUMNI UPDATE: David Boland was called up from AHL Rockford by the Chicago Blackhawks to replace F Jason Williams of London, who has been fighting a groin injury. This will be Bolland's second stint with the big club. He played 10 games earlier this season and had three assists.

AFTER THE BUZZER: London heads to Erie tomorrow night to take on the struggling Otters before returning home Sunday at 6 p.m. against the Kitchener Rangers. The Soo, in Windsor last night, plays in Sarnia on Sunday at 6:05 p.m.


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