Knights' streak ends

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

You can call it a Knight. The longest undefeated streak in Canadian Hockey League history came to an end last night as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the London Knights 5-2.

The loss, which came before another sellout crowd of 9,096 at the John Labatt Centre, stopped the Knights' incredible run at 31 games.

They're now 29-1-2, still the best record in the Ontario Hockey League and in all Canadian major junior hockey.

The Knights had eclipsed the previous CHL mark of 29 games without a loss -- set by the 1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings -- on Dec. 10 with a 0-0 tie against the Guelph Storm.

The Wheat Kings, just like the Knights, also had begun their streak with the first game of the season.

Sudbury, with five players and their coach Mike Foligno suspended last night after a brawl Thursday in Windsor, rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

Bobby Chaumont scored the winner with 5:41 remaining in the third period, then Ryan McDonough and Rafal Martynowski cemented the victory with empty-net goals.

After Martynowski's goal with 24 seconds left, the fans saluted the Knights and their history-making run with a standing ovation that lasted until the final buzzer.

"I'm proud of the guys," said Knights forward Brandon Prust, a 20-year-old Londoner in his third season. "It's a heck of an accomplishment. It's just hard to see it come to an end."


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