Memorial Cup Game Day

London Free Press staff

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

LONDON KNIGHTS (2-0) VS. OTTAWA 67'S (1-1)

GAME TIME: 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre. Televised on Rogers Sportsnet.

KNIGHTS: Beat Rimouski 4-3 in overtime in opener and defeated Kelowna 4-2 on Monday.

67's: Shocked Kelowna 3-2 in double overtime Sunday and fell 4-3 to Rimouski on Tuesday.

ON FIRE: For London, Corey Perry leads the team with three goals and an assist. Rob Schremp has three assists. For Ottawa, Bright's Grove native Brad Staubitz has two goals and an assist. Lukas Kaspar and London native Mark Mancari each have a goal and assist.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: The tournament now loses its novelty factor. London and Ottawa have already met seven times this year, including the Knights' five-game victory in the OHL final. London has won six of seven against the 67's and outscored Ottawa 32-18.

PRODUCTION MAN: Knights forward Rob Schremp has seven goals and 12 points in the seven games against Ottawa this year.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Heading into last night's Rimouski-Kelowna game, the largest margin of victory so far in the tournament was two goals. That was London's 4-2 victory over Kelowna on Monday. Four of the first five games have been decided by one goal.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Knights are trying to become the seventh team since 1983 to win the Memorial Cup on home ice. The six hometown champs are Kelowna (2004), Ottawa (1999), Hull (1997), Kamloops (1995), Sault Ste. Marie (1993) and Portland, Ore. (1983).

REAL PRACTICES: Much to the chagrin of autograph-seekers, there has been a lot more resting than practising for the four teams since the tournament began. But London and Ottawa both went through full-blown practices with everyone present at the Western Fair Sports Centre yesterday.

--Compiled by Ryan Pyette

BEHIND THE BENCH

Western Mustangs hockey coach Clarke Singer will break down a key tactical point each day during the Memorial Cup.

Today: On yet another London-Ottawa matchup

Both teams have to come into this game with a lot of confidence. I've been impressed with Ottawa. Great team speed, and they had a lot of success against Knights goalie Adam Dennis in the OHL final. For London, the penalty-killers have to contend with the 67's odd power play. They use a double slot and double screen which I haven't seen an OHL team use. The Knights also have to take Brad Staubitz's shot away from the point. For Ottawa, they can't take more than five penalties. London's own zone play is outstanding, so Ottawa might have to switch up its forecheck. Last, they have to match London's incredible work ethic all 60 minutes from all 20 players.


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