For the first time, the defending Memorial Cup champions will meet the Memorial Cup hosts in the first round of the playoffs.
The Knights and Spitfires open their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series on Friday night at 7:30 at Budweiser Gardens.
The series is the 4 vs 5 matchup in the West and brings together two teams who have yet to win in each other’s building this year. It is the ultimate homer series.
You have to dial all the way back to 1992 in the Western hockey league in order to find the last time the Memorial Cup champion and host faced each other very early on in the playoffs. That season Seattle played host and met 1991 champion Spokane in round two.
The Spitfires finished their schedule on Saturday with a win over the Saginaw Spirit.
London needed Sunday to determine their fate. A win in Sault Ste. Marie and an Owen Sound loss to the Guelph Storm would have allowed the Knights to leap-frog the Attack and land in the third seed, but the Greyhounds found a way to outlast a London team finishing off three games in 46 hours to close the season.
The Knights and Greyhounds actually found ways to keep things close season long and came through forty minutes tied before Sault Ste. Marie surged in the third…