Mark Hunter Guides Knights Back To Western Conference Final

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Mark Hunter guides Knights back to Western Conference final

The London GM/head coach engineered the first Knights’ come-from-behind playoff victory in six years by winning three straight against a confident Spirit team that wrestled away home-ice advantage in Game 3.

Mark Hunter likely won’t win the OHL coach of the year award, something his brother Dale won three times in London. No one gives much credit to someone who takes over a first-place team and keeps it there. But Hunter has been around the junior game for 20 years and before he became a GM and talent evaluator, he was first and foremost a coach.

London is playing a more committed defense right now than it did early in the season under Dale Hunter.

Despite a lackluster power play and questionable even strength offense, the Knights are in the third round for the first time since 2009.

They won two of three in Saginaw without assistant coach Rob Ramage, who is highly regarded by the Knights defencemen but unavailable for games across the border.

Hunter always says the players did that, but he put the right guys out there.

The Knights handed the explosive Saginaw power play 11 opportunities in Game 2. Changes were made and his team quickly adapted.

The Spirit had just nine power plays the final four games of the series. Thats called coaching hockey fans.

The Knights and Head Coach Mark Hunter now await their Western Conference final opponent — Plymouth or Kitchener.

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