There's one major difference between goalie Jason Guy and his predecessors in the London Knights' crease.
Steve Mason and Adam Dennis knew going into the season they were No. 1 and would start nearly every game. Guy, the starter in 11 of London's first 12 tilts, is playing nearly every game in an effort to prove to the Knights he's No. 1 material.
His numbers are high quality. So far, he is 7-4 with a 2.65 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and a shutout.
"The guys have done a nice job cutting down the chances," the 20-year-old Whitby native said. "You might only have 25 shots in a game where last year, you might see 35 or 40. It's different. Most goalies prefer more shots to keep them in a game but less shots doesn't really change the approach."
There have been good weeks -- like beating Plymouth's Jeremy Smith and taking Guelph's Thomas McCollum to a shootout.
"A goalie would be lying if he said he didn't take a look at the other end of the ice and see who's in the other crease," he said. "We had a stretch where we faced some of the best in the league and you want to prove you can play with them."
There have also been some shaky moments. Guy was yanked in what he called "a weird one" against Owen Sound last Friday and was denied another shutout Sunday against Kitchener when he was handcuffed on an innocent-looking shot.
London, however, won both games and Guy made enough saves at the most important times.
"That's what Mase (Mason) was always known for," Guy said. "He'd come up with a big save in a one-goal game or when it was tied. Coming back against Owen Sound late, that was big for the team. When you get pulled, you don't expect to go back in but I got that chance and right away made a save on a deflection that I think got the crowd back into it.
"You want to provide a spark in that situation."
London's 17-year-old backup Michael Zador is a former first-round pick. At some point, the Knights need to find out if he can play at the OHL level.
The perfect situation would be to put him in against Sault Ste. Marie tomorrow. After playing in Sudbury tonight, the Knights face a three-hour bus ride to the Sault and will get in late, giving Guy limited time to recover.