Aside from a first-ever pre-game ceremony that will see 40 people become Canadian citizens, Thursday’s game will be one you won’t want to miss.
The visiting Knights will be in town for the only time this regular season. The teams last faced off in London on December 8, resulting in a narrow 4-3 overtime victory for the green and gold.
With a 32-23-2-2 record, the Knights have clinched a postseason spot for the 18th consecutive season. Despite playoff security, they’re pushing for home ice advantage in the first round, and possibly beyond, as they sit just one point back of the fourth place Owen Sound Attack.
The game will mark the return of overage forward Tyler Rollo to the PMC since he was traded to the Knights on October 4 as a result of Nikita Korostelev’s return to the Petes. He’s recorded 7 goals, 17 assists, and 24 points in 50 games for London, and is fifth in team scoring.
The Knights are one of four OHL teams led offensively by a defenceman – the others include the Guelph Storm (Ryan Merkley), Mississauga Steelheads (Nicolas Hague), and Saginaw Spirit (Marcus Crawford). With 21 goals, 55 assists, and 76 points in 58 games, Evan Bouchard is the only rearguard in the top ten in league scoring. He’s also fifth in assists, fifth in power play assists (21), and second in shots (252). Bouchard is the highest ranked OHL defenceman on NHL Central Scouting’s most recent rankings at fifth among North American skaters.
Netminder Joseph Raaymakers has undoubtedly been a key contributor to London’s success this season. As they league’s third ranked goalie, he’s built a stat line composed of a 2.53 goals against average, a 0.912 save percentage, and a 21-12-41-1 record that includes 3 shutouts.
In terms of team stats, the Petes hold the edge on the power play with an efficiency of 22.4% (6th) to London’s 18.8% (12th). However, the Knights have had better success on the penalty kill at 81.5% (5th) to Peterborough’s 75.8% (17th).
Logan DeNoble and Adam Timleck are both expected to return to the lineup to face the Knights.
Thursday’s game is Boots and Hearts Country Night, presented by Boots and Hearts Music Festival.
Boots and Hearts is Canada’s largest country music festival. Taking place from August 9-12 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Boots and Hearts is Canada’s largest camping and country music festival.
Throughout the Boots and Hearts Country Night there will be games and activations for all attendees to participate in, as well as unbelievable prizes (including tickets to the annual festival!). Additionally, all attendees will receive a code to use when purchasing Boots and Hearts tickets, entering them for a chance to win a free upgrade. Fans and attendees are encouraged to wear country themed apparel, and the evening will be filled with a variety of country themed activities and music.