LONDON KNIGHTS PROGRESS REPORT
The London Knights have stumbled a bit of late as they have entered the second phase of the OHL season. A hot start had the town buzzing, but other teams have seen a steady trickle of veterans back from pro camps and have their rosters filled out and the young Knights have found things a lot more difficult. The Western Conference will be very competitive, entering the weekend, 7 teams were within 2 points of each other, and it appears that it will be Plymouth out in front, but Erie and Windsor may pull away from the pack and challenge the Whalers as the season moves on.
Over agers-London has used 5 already in the young season, John Eminger has been moved to Mississauga, and the team is currently carrying 4, as they added Colorado draftee Charlie Stephens in a trade with Guelph on October 19. He joins fellow Av draftee Aaron Molnar, who has returned from the Hershey Bears camp and has struggled between the pipes. He is the most likely candidate to be moved as the Knights struggle in their own end and would be hard pressed to replace Sean Dixon and Ian Turner on the point. Stephens joins his third OHL team in his 5th year in the league, and fills the void that London has had all year, an experienced right shooting center to play with Rick Nash.
In their first game together against Belleville, they had several excellent shifts and scoring chances, which is a positive sign since they hadn’t practiced together as the trade was finalized just 2 hours before game time. Stephens will have to use his size t Read more»
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TWO LOSSES BUT TWO POINTS AGAINST TWO KINDS OF CATS
Thursday night, two of the three second place teams in general standings teams met as the Victoriaville Tigres came to Baie-Comeau. It was a two phase game. At first the home team seemed to take control of the game with a two goals lead; an almost end to end goal by captain Lehoux and a wrap around by league scoring leader Linglet.
But after a wicked wrist shot goal by Matthew Lombardi (2000 7th round draft of the Edmonton Oilers) things seemed to turn around. With two power play goals in third period, the Tigres had the game in control. But, as the game was coming to an end, fans were beginning to leave the premises and, bingo, one lone second before the buzzer went on, Yannick Lehoux put the fun back in the place by scoring the equalizer.
Unfortunately for the fans still present, overtime was to be fatal for the Drakkar as Victoriaville Mathieu Brunelle score the winning goal (his forth points of the night) at 1:50 of the 5 minute period.
Prospect-wise in this game all four hopeful draft players of the Drakkar were undressed and for Victoriaville none of the dressed 2002 prospects seems to rise out from the lot.
It was a veteran and an almost playoff type of game with eight players drafted by NHL teams in hands: the five ones of the Drakkar and Victoriaville lw Lombardi, g Jean François Nogues (L.A. Kings 5th pick of 1999) right wing Carl Mallette (Atlanta Trashers 4th pick of of 2000). Unfortunately left wing Antoine Vermette (Ottawa Senators 2nd pick of 2000) with a concussion, is stil Read more»