Yesterday likely marked the last time John Tavares ever laced up a pair of skates in the Ontario Hockey League. The OHL’s leading scorer, along with teammates Nazem Kadri and Daniel Erlich, is eligible for the upcoming NHL draft in June. On Wednesday, the Knights lost 4-3 in overtime to the Windsor Spitfires, sealing the deal for Windsor.
“It’s disappointing to lose the series, especially when we were looking to make a championship run, but all of these games were evenly-matched and could have gone either way,” Taveras (London Knights Captain) told the Toronto Star after Kyle Wellwood’s brother Eric potted the winning goal past goaltender Trevor Cann 10:14 into Overtime.
Even though the series only went five games, it was still quite evenly matched, as three of those games went into overtime. As the series progressed, the Knights had nothing left in the tank to help them bulldoze their way past the surging Spitfire. Even the acquisitions of Michael Del Zotto and John Tavares didn’t help, as Del Zotto had this to say to London Free Press after the tough loss of game five: “It’s a terrible feeling, I was brought here to win and we didn’t get it done. We worked as hard as we could and it wasn’t enough.”
When all is said and done, the Knights made an early exit from the post-season, while the Spitfires will move on to the OHL finals, taking on the winner of the series between the Belville Bulls and the Brampton Batallion.
“It was two good teams and every game was so close,” Trevor Cann told Canoe.ca. “I don’t know if I’ll be back, or if I do, who we have coming back, but it was an honour to play with these guys and to wear this jersey for as many months as I did since November when I was traded.”
Tavares played in the playoffs despite an injured shoulder that occured on February 6th when Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires checked him into the boards. Tavares’ injury did not help the Knights as they made their run at the J. Ross Robertson Cup that is presented to the winning team of the OHL. Now that this season is officially over, Tavares plans to rest his ailing shoulder as he prepares for the NHL draft.