Friday Knight

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

THE MATCHUP

This is the third of six meetings between the two teams this year. They split the first two games, both winning at home with identical 4-3 scores. Jared Knight had a pair in the Knights win. The game in Guelph went to a shootout. It took nine rounds of breakaway hockey before Adam Comrie beat Michael Houser in the London net for the Storm.

WHO TO WATCH

The Storm's Taylor Beck is having a big year. In the top 10 in OHL scoring, Beck has 15 goals and 27 assists. Londoner and first-round OHK pick Carter Sandlak is still getting his feet wet. He has two goals and two assists. Sandlak has been selected to play in the under-17 World Hockey Challenge along with teammate Zack Mitchell.

INJURY WATCH

The Knights will have Knight back in the lineup after sitting out as he adjusted to being diagnosed as a diabetic. Pieter Schinkelshoek and Dominic DeSando will miss the game. DeSando is out with a hernia problem that requires surgery. He will be back after Christmas. The Storm sent Connor Tresham home for disciplinary reasons and are without Matt Kennedy with a groin injury.

NUMBERS GAME

The Knights and Storm have played 27 games. The Knights have scored 95 goals and given up 79, while the Storm had scored 87 and given up 107. Nazem Kadri is the top Knights scorer with 28 points, sitting 38th in the OHL. The two Knights have accumulated pretty good plus-minus numbers. Defenceman Matt Ashman is a plus-17, while Knight is a plus-16. Knight is tied in that category with Londoner Stephen Gaskin, who is a plus-16 with the Barrie Colts.

TOSS 'EM

It's Teddy Bear toss night at the JLC. Fans are asked to bring an unwrapped stuffed or plush toy to be tossed on the ice after the Knights score their first goal. The toys will be distributed by the Salvation Army. Phil McRae launched the record toss last year when he scored against Belleville Bulls. Fans hurled 7,729 assorted stuffed things on the ice.

HOT DOGGIE

The Saint John Sea Dogs are ranked No. 2 in the Canadian Hockey League. They lead the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a 25-4-1-0 record. The guy who made most of the moves to put that team together last year is London Knights' assistant coach Jacques Beaulieu, who was fired as coach and general manager of the Sea Dogs.

TOUGH WEEKEND

It's going to be a long weekend for the Knights. They play at home tonight before travelling to Saginaw tomorrow to take on a tough Spirit team. The Knights return for a 6 p.m. game in London on Sunday against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. When they get to Saginaw, they'll be facing Londoner Jordan Skellett who has revived his OHL career.


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