London Knights win their first ever OHL championship

By Jason Ahrens

The London Knights captured the 2005 OHL championship by defeating the Ottawa 67s four games to one. Corey Perry (ANA) led the Knights to the win and he took home the Wayne Gretzky trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. He had plenty of support from the big guns on London like Dave Bolland (CHI), Danny Fritsche (CLB) and Rob Schremp (EDM).

Ottawa gave London a tough fight in this series and did a number of things right. For the first eight periods they managed to force the Knights into a number of turnovers and turned them into scoring chances and goals. They held London’s top tandem of Perry and Dylan Hunter (BUF) in check when playing five on five. Their special teams outperformed London as Ottawa was seven for 27 with the man advantage and they scored one short-handed goal, while London was only four for 25 on the power play, which was a far cry from their usual percentage of close to 30 percent. Ottawa even got to Knights starting goalie Adam Dennis who had been virtually invincible to this point. They even managed to win a game in London, handing London their second loss of the season on home ice. Yet the Knights won in five games and had a pretty easy go of it over the last seven periods of the series.

In Game 1 London won 4-2. The shots were even in the game at 43 apiece and the special teams were the difference in the game, London was three for five on the power play, while Ottawa was two for six. There was a big drop in the intensity and physical play from the London-Kitchener series, but it didn