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Knights book 20th consecutive trip to the OHL Playoffs

 

The London Knights are playoff-bound for the 20th straight season, a run that dates back to 2001.

Thursday’s 4-2 road win over the Windsor Spitfires made London the first Western Conference team to secure a spot in the 2020 OHL Playoffs, improving their record to 38-14-1-1. The Knights are on the verge of posting their 14th 40-win season since the year 2000, a figure that would lead the League by a considerable margin.

Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy was productive on Thursday, stretching his point streak to 10 games with a goal and two assists. The 19-year-old made his NHL debut as an emergency call-up with the Jackets, posting an assist in two games.

The Knights are led offensively by Washington Capitals first round pick Connor McMichael. The 19-year-old sits fourth in OHL scoring with 92 points (41-51–92) over 44 games. He’s also racked up six hat-tricks this season.

San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Merkley has carried a hot stick of late. The fourth-year blueliner and former first overall OHL Priority Selection choice has 17 assists over his last 10 games and sits second in scoring by OHL defenders with 69 points (13-56–69) over 52 outings.

Rookie netminder Brett Brochu has been a pleasant surprise for the Knights this season. The former sixth round pick made the jump from Junior C hockey to post a 26-6-0-0 record with a 2.49 goals-against average and .919 save percentage through 36 games.

The Knights have won Memorial Cups in 2005 and 2016 along with OHL Championships in 2005, 2012, 2013 and 2016. Their 20 consecutive seasons in the OHL Playoffs are three years shy of the Guelph Storm’s record 23-year run that spanned from 1993 to 2015.

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