Coleman answers the call

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Forty-nine seconds notice or 24 hours notice, it's all the same for London Knights goalie Gerald Coleman.

"Either way you look at it, both me and Adam (Dennis) always have to be ready in case something happens," Coleman said after answering the call again last night, stopping 26 of 27 shots.

The only shot to get by him was at 14:23 of the first period, when teammate Josh Beaulieu, attempting to clear a loose puck from the crease, put it in his own net.

On Tuesday, Coleman stopped 16 of 17 shots after replacing Dennis 49 seconds after the Ottawa 67's scored their third goal on just their 14th shot.

Last night Coleman was in net from the start and was told he would be on Wednesday night during the team dinner.

It was his first start since losing Game 2 of the Western Conference final against Kitchener April 23.

"I've always played well here in Ottawa the last couple of years," said Coleman, who had an OHL-record 1.70 goals-against average this season.

"I sat back the first three games and watched and knew what they were all about. They make a lot of cross-ice passes and shots from the outside to go for a lot of rebounds. So I knew that's what I had to be ready for."

Knights coach Dale Hunter said Coleman started because "he won Tuesday." Applying that theory to Game 5 tomorrow at the John Labatt Centre, Coleman better get ready.

"Hopefully, I'll play Saturday. But that's (Hunter's) decision. I'm happy with what I've done here so far in Ottawa.

"As long as we win, I'll be happy."


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