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London natives Suzuki and Ratcliffe hope to ruin Knights’ playoff plans

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By Ryan Pyette, London Free Press

They get the Guelph Storm – a team with a ton of NHL draft picks and world junior talent – in the second round of the playoffs.

It was pretty much pre-ordained from the moment ex-Knight George Burnett brought Owen Sound captain Nick Suzuki to the Royal City and had him bunk at the same billet house as childhood London buddy Isaac Ratcliffe in January.

The native sons are coming home to try to ruin their old favourite team.

“This could probably be an OHL final,” Suzuki, the Canadiens prospect, said. “Because of where we finished, we get them now. We’re treating every series like we’re playing for our lives. It’s going to be a battle and lots of fun.

“The Guelph-London rivalry is pretty special and it will be fun to be part of it, too.”

There are some heartwarming elements to the Storm’s hired-gun approach this season. Reuniting Ratcliffe and Suzuki, the former Jr. Knights standouts, is one of them.

“Nick and I played together since age six,” Ratcliffe, the 50-goal Flyers property, said. “Every hockey memory I have, Nick was right by my side. To get a chance to end our junior careers together and then get back to London in the summer and start training for, hopefully, our pro careers, it’s exciting to be able to do all of this together.”

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