LONDON KNIGHTS (12-5-0-1) vs. OWEN SOUND ATTACK (6-7-3-1)
WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.
THE MATCHUP: Midwest Division-leading London has won 13 straight games against Owen Sound, including a four-game sweep in the first round of the 2006-07 playoffs. The Attack last celebrated a victory over the Knights on Feb. 24, 2007.
WHO TO WATCH: London - F Christian Thomas. The Knights' 2008 first-rounder picked up two assists in Owen Sound on Wednesday on an effective line with veteran Justin Taylor and fellow rookie Jared Knight. The 16-year-old has three points in his last three games and six points in his first 15 OHL contests . . . Owen Sound - F Josh Moes. The big tank from St. Catharines and former Soo Greyhound scored his first two goals of the season on Wednesday against the Knights.
SUSPENSION UPDATE: The OHL finally handed down a final verdict on London F Akim Aliu's suspension for his fight and antics in Windsor last Thursday. It's five games and he'll serve the fourth tonight. He's eligible to return next Friday against Barrie. It'll be the Chicago prospect's first regular-season home game this year. Six-foot-seven teammate Mike Yovanic returned to the lineup in Owen Sound after a two-game sit-down for his part in the Windsor fireworks. Knights F Jason Wilson can return to active duty tonight after a fight late in the third period against Plymouth last week . . . Owen Sound F Garrett Wilson, suspended 15 games for an unconventional slew foot on Kitchener D Dan Kelly, won't be back in the Attack lineup until Nov. 19. He has five games remaining on his sentence.
BONUS HOCKEY: The teams have met twice so far this season and the Knights have won both games in overtime after rallying late. The extra sessions didn't last long. Matt Clarke scored the winner 11 seconds into OT at the JLC on Oct. 17 and Phil Varone had the puck bounce in off his skate just 17 seconds into sudden death on Wednesday at the Bayshore.
GOALIE SHUFFLE: London sophomore Michael Zador is the only goalie to appear in both Knights-Attack meetings so far. He went the distance for the win Wednesday and filled in briefly after starter Jason Guy got yanked in last month's tilt. Tyler Beskorowany, Owen Sound's 18-year-old go-to guy, got the nod in the first game while over-ager Scott Stajcer was between the pipes in the rematch. The Knights could use a different goalie tonight.
WELCOME BACK, MONTY: Less than five minutes into his first game back in the OHL, London D Kevin Montgomery scrapped with Owen Sound's Lane MacDermid, who cross-checked the London defenceman in the face. After the fisticuffs, Montgomery returned to the room and needed a couple of stitches.
"He has come back with an edge," teammate Justin Taylor said.