Knight-mare on Bank St.

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

At least the 67's now realize what it takes to be a championship team.

The London Knights gave them a first-hand lesson in the art of domination yesterday at the Civic Centre, cruising to a 5-0 win in front of 9,522 spectators.

The top-ranked team in major junior hockey led by a pair heading into the third and controlled the final period, pumping three more goals past goalie Anthony Guadagnolo while outshooting their opposition 18-6 in the final 20 minutes, and 47-27 for the game.

Most of Ottawa's chances came from the perimetre except for one screened-shot slapper from Lukas Kaspar in the second that nearly got through Knights goalie Gerald Coleman, who set a team record with his sixth shutout of the season.

"For two periods it looked like we had some interest, but in the third we lost interest," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "We wanted to see why they were so good, and we stood around and watched them. Now we know."

EX-67 SCORED

Brandon Prust, Drew Larman and former 67's defenceman Bryan Rodney scored in the third for the Knights. Dylan Hunter and Rob Schremp had the other London goals. Corey Perry, the league's leading scorer, had two assists.

"We played two really good periods where every guy was doing their job and everybody was working hard. It was just a third-period meltdown," said 67's winger Mark Mancari.

"We felt we could have played a lot better and we felt we could have pushed them a lot harder and possibly bury a few goals and win the game. That didn't happen."

The Knights, who set a CHL record earlier in the season with a 31-game undefeated streak, led 1-0 after Hunter's power-play goal in the first.

Schremp made it a two-goal cushion for the Knights late in the second when he scored moments after stepping out of the penalty box, floating a wrist shot from 30 feet away that got past Guadagnolo.

"They're patient. It's like they're playing shinny hockey out there," said Guadagnolo.

'NEVER PANIC'

"You notice with other teams that they panic, but these guys never panic and that's why it's so hard to stop them. They have some amazing snipers."

London coach Dale Hunter was not behind the bench yesterday as he served an indefinite suspension following his ejection from a game last Thursday in Peterborough.

The first period was played under the surveillance of just two officials, as referee Mike Pearce's flight from Toronto was delayed. He arrived in Ottawa in the afternoon near game time and got to the arena in time to work the final two periods.

The 67's (21-18-5-1) remain seven points behind first-place Peterborough in the East Division standings after the Petes lost 2-0 in Brampton.

Ottawa travels to Belleville for a game on Wednesday and are back at home on Friday for a return match against the Bulls.


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