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AOHL Playoff Previews: Knights vs. Attack

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London’s Mitchell Marner and Owen Sound’s Michael McNiven (OHL Images)

Season Series

London won the season series 4-2, with the Attack proving to be pesky at times throughout the season. The reality is that Owen Sound only managed nine goals against London in their six games, with four of those coming in a Dec. 19th overtime win in which London was missing players for the WJC. Conversely, London scored 24 times against the Attack.

Players To Watch

London – D Victor Mete
This is a fairly obvious choice. After all, it was Mete who was drafted by Owen Sound in the first round of the 2014 draft, only to be traded to London after not reporting. The Knights will need Mete to help them drive the offence, and make sure the puck is always moving towards Owen Sound’s net.

Owen Sound – C Nick Suzuki
The London born Suzuki will have plenty of motivation to play well in front of his hometown crowd. As a rookie, Suzuki managed to bury 20 goals, good for second on the team. With Owen Sound having difficulties scoring all year, Suzuki will be leaned on to provide offence against the stingy Knights.

By The Numbers

London (51-14-2-1) – 3rd in West Conf., 2nd in Midwest Div.
Owen Sound (32-25-8-3) – 6th in West Conf., 4th in Midwest Div.

Goals For: London 319, Owen Sound 209
Goals Against: London 182, Owen Sound 222

Head to Head: 4-2 for London
H-to-H Goals: 24-9 for London

Goalies

London: Tyler Parsons (37-9-2-1) 2.33 GAA, 0.921 Sv%, 4 SO
Owen Sound: Michael McNiven (21-18-7-3) 2.94 GAA, 0.902 Sv%, 3 SO

Who has the edge: London

It isn’t a promising outlook for the Attack. London simply has too much experience and firepower for Owen Sound to match. The Attack are pesky though, and it is totally possible that Owen Sound steals a win. Unfortunately, the odds of that happening are slim.

 

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