Great run doesn't mean good finish

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

The London Knights probably don't know whether to celebrate their current 21-game unbeaten streak or fear it.

None of the four Canadian Hockey League teams that have pieced together longer undefeated strings has gone on to win the Memorial Cup.

The 1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings, who posted a CHL-record 29 games without a loss, fell in the Cup final to the Gary Green-coached Peterborough Petes.

The 1983-84 Kitchener Rangers, who hold the Ontario Hockey League record of 25 straight games without a defeat, lost the league and Memorial Cup title to Brian Kilrea's Ottawa 67's that year.

Next at 24 games, the 1982-83 Oshawa Generals dropped their Cup final to coach Ken Hodge's Portland Winter Hawks, while the 1995-96 Hull Olympiques failed to make the Memorial Cup championship game.

The Knights can reach 23 games without a loss if they beat Ottawa tomorrow night and Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday. Both games are at the John Labatt Centre.

With the 3-1 win in Erie last Saturday, the Knights are also riding a 10-game road winning streak. They are just one win from tying the 1983-84 Kitchener Rangers' standard of 11 straight travel wins.

With two home games this weekend, the Knights won't get their chance to tie the 1983-84 Rangers until Nov. 27 in Barrie. If the Knights win that one, they'll go for 12 road victories the next night in Sudbury.

ROAD TO THE RECORD BOOK

CHL undefeated streak

29 games: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 1978-79

25 games: Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 1983-84

24 games: Oshawa Generals (OHL) 1982-83, Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) 1995-96

x-21 games: London Knights (OHL) 2004-05

OHL undefeated streak

25 games: Kitchener Rangers (25-0-0) 1983-84

24 games: Oshawa Generals (22-0-2)

x-21 games: London Knights (OHL) 2004-05

OHL home undefeated streak

33 games: Soo Greyhounds (33-0-0) 1984-85

31 games: Barrie Colts (28-0-3) 1998-99

23 games: London Knights (21-0-2) 1976-77

OHL road winning streak

11 games: Kitchener Rangers 1983-84

10 games: x-London Knights 2004-05

9 games: Soo Greyhounds 1980-81, Peterborough Petes 1991-92

OHL road unbeaten streak

12 games: Oshawa Generals (10-0-2) 1982-83

x-active streak


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