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London Knights Win Memorial Cup with 4-0 Win Over the Rimouski Océanic

BOUCHERVILLE, Sunday, May 29, 2005 (QMJHL) – It's in front of another sellout crowd of 8905 fans that the championship game of the 2005 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament was held.

In a game anticipated by many for months, The London Knights won the Memorial Cup for the first time in 40 seasons by defeating the Rimouski Océanic 4-0 late this afternoon at the John-Labatt Centre in London, Ontario.

This was a much-anticipated game since both teams accomplished two unbelievable records in 2004-2005: 31 consecutive games without a loss for the Knights in the regular season, and the Océanic outdid this by playing 35 consecutive games without losing from January to April.

The Knights took advantage of the Océanic's lack of discipline in the early stages of the game to score the first goal during a 5 on 3 power play. It was Danny Fritsche, despite shooting from a difficult angle, who beat Rimouski's goaltender Cédrick Desjardins. One goal was enough for the Knights' goaltender, Adam Dennis, who got a shutout with 27 stops.

The knock-out goal was scored by Robbie Schremp in the 3rd minute of the 3rd period, making the score 4-0, to the delight of the House of Green. Previously, Bryan Rodney and David Bolland had given the 2004-05 OHL regular season and playoff champions a comfortable 3-0 lead. Given a rough time in many occasions by the Océanic players, star forward Corey Perry (4+3, 7 points in 4 games) got an assist in the game and, at the end, was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Twenty-year-old veteran goaltender Jean-Michel Filiatrault finished the game for the Océanic, replacing Cédrick Desjardins who allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in 43 minutes. Desjardins had been outstanding during the entire tournament, mainly in the first three round-robin games, where he faced over 40 shots per game.

The best offensive team of the QMJHL was completely overpowered by the best defensive unit in the OHL, under the guidance of brothers Mark (general manager) and Dale (head coach) Hunter. Sidney Crosby, who accumulated 11 points in the tournament, was awarded the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the 2005 competition's leading scorer.

Today's game was the sixth participation in a row for the Quebec representatives in the tournament's finals: Rimouski (2000), Val-d’Or (2001), Victoriaville (2002), Hull (2003), Gatineau (2004), and Rimouski (2005).

The Knights are succeeding the Kelowna Rockets as Memorial Cup Champions.

Here is the complete winners' list for the various individual awards.

STAFFORD SMYTHE MEMORIAL TROPHY – Most Valuable Player
• Corey Perry (London)

ED CHYNOWETH TROPHY – Leading Scorer
• Sidney Crosby (Rimouski – 7+4=11pts)

HAP EMMS MEMORIAL TROPHY – Outstanding Goaltender
• Adam Dennis (London)

GEORGE PARSONS TROPHY – Sportsmanship
• Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Rimouski)

ALL-STAR TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT
Goaltender
• Adam Dennis (London)
Defencemen
• Mario Jr Scalzo
• Danny Syvret
Forwards
• Sidney Crosby (Rimouski)
• Danny Fritsche (London)
• Corey Perry (London)

<a HREF="http://chl.leaguestat.com/en/memcup/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=18" Target = "_blank" class="lnkBase9px"> <b> * 2005 MEMORIAL CUP FINAL GAME SUMMARY
– 2005/05/29 – Rimouski (LHJMQ) 0 vs London (OHL) 4 </b>
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