Friday Knight

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

London Knights (11-4-0-1) vs. Owen Sound Attack (7-11-1-2)

Tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre. Tickets still available for this game and the Ottawa 67's lone regular season visit to London tomorrow night.

THE MATCHUP: The Knights beat the Attack 3-1 at the JLC on Oct. 2 and, lo and behold, scored all three goals on the power play. London has sought that kind of special teams production ever since. Owen Sound has struggled much of the year but last weekend they rolled off big wins in Windsor and Plymouth, then returned home to spank Mississauga. That's three victories in three days against three pretty solid hockey teams. The Attack came back to earth with a 6-1 loss against Barrie on Wednesday and don't usually enjoy much success in London.

WHO TO WATCH: Knights D Scott Harrington. Everyone in hockey knew the kid would be good. No one could've imagined he would be one of the Knights' most solid defenders seven games into his OHL career. He's plus-six, has three assists and makes good decisions on the ice. In his last game, against Guelph, he also showed a hint of stepping up and joining the rush when needed and the Knights need all the offensive help they can muster at the moment; Attack D Jesse Blacker. He got his ring with the Windsor Spitfires last spring. But this year, interest in increased ice and a bigger role was his thing. So the loaded Spits sent him and F Ben Dubois to Owen Sound for a package that included sturdy D Paul Bezzo. Blacker has five points in seven games with the Attack.

WISHIN' FOR HISHON: Owen Sound F Joey Hishon broke his foot blocking a shot against the Niagara IceDogs a couple weeks ago, scored a beauty goal the same game and continued to play later that weekend against Erie. But the Stratford native hasn't suited up since that Herculean effort and is understandably cautious about his return. To keep his fitness up during recovery, Hishon said to HockeyProspect.com: "I guess they're going to put a weight jacket on me and throw me in the pool and see how long I can last." Most teams would be sunk after losing a star like Hishon, but the Attack managed to ratchet it up a notch. Overager Marcus Carroll elevated his offensive game.

ALUMNI UPDATE: Keep an eye on the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies this season. Not only is former Knights assistant coach Pat Curcio there, he brought along a lot of friends. Former London captain Dylan Hunter, fresh from shoulder surgery, just bagged a hat trick against the Idaho Steelheads and has six goals and nine points in six games. Adam Perry has a goal and four points and Matt Clarke has three assists. The Grizz (4-2) rely on former Kitchener Ranger and Sarnia Sting goalie Parker Van Buskirk to keep the puck out. Ex-Knight Gerald Coleman, by the way, is leading the ECHL with a 1.41 goals against average for the Trenton Devils (though he has only played a couple of games so far).

HOUSE OF RED: The Knights stay home to face Ottawa tomorrow and ask fans to wear red to support Canada's troops and their families. Puck drop is 7 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, London completes the three-in-three with a 2 p.m. start against the Brampton Battalion. There's no timetable for reigning Canadian Hockey League top player Cody Hodgson's return to the Troops but he said this week his back "feels much better." The Attack, meanwhile, head home to face the Guelph Storm on Saturday night -- their first of five straight home games.


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