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Notes from the Past


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

The Ontario Hockey League Playoffs commence on Thursday night for the Owen Sound Attack.

For quite some time it's been inevitable and then confirmed that the opposition for Owen Sound would be the London Knights.

This will be the 7th playoff meeting all time between the two clubs, London winning 5 of the 6, the only blemish for the Knights was the 2011 opening round won in 6 games by the Attack on their way to the OHL Championship.

So ancient history means little.

What about recent history ?

London, on their way to the 2016 Memorial Cup Championship, eliminated Owen Sound in 6 games in the first round.

Two years later, Evan Bouchard is the only remaining Knight from that series while Owen Sound has 7 players ( 8, if you count Zach Roberts ) who were in that set.

Does that matter, or is that too, ancient history ?

How about this year's regular season series, won 4-2 by London ?

I'll concede it counts for something, but not much since 4 of the 6 games between the two teams were played before the trade deadline, before London altered their lineup significantly.

Since the trade deadline.....the two teams have split their 2 meetings.

And now precious little of the past matters, only what commences on Thursday night in Owen Sound truly counts.

Enjoy the series.

I'm Fred Wallace


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