Perry promises a win for fans

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Corey Perry said last night the London Knights are going to win the Memorial Cup on Sunday for their fans.

He's never been known to break a promise in the four years he's played in this city.

"We peak at the right time and we're just starting to peak now and, once Sunday comes, we'll be at our high and running on emotion and we'll be using that crowd as the seventh player on the ice and they keep us going," Perry said, pausing for breath as he reflected for a moment where his team can be in 72 hours.

The Knights have met all the expectations, blown past them in some cases, but now it's a one-game, winner-take-all scenario.

"This season is satisfying, but nothing is satisfied until the job's done and we have one more goal and that's to win the Memorial Cup and we have that chance on Sunday," he said. "This is on home ice and that might put a little more pressure on us, but it's been a lot of fun, the whole season has been a lot of fun.

"The crowds have been behind us. The fans are awesome and to do it in front of them is special. They're excited as much as we are. It's something special. It just sends shivers up your back."

But one of the most dominant seasons in major junior hockey is down to one game.

"It's fun," he said. "It puts added pressure on everybody and it's going to be a grind to get through that game and there is no margin for error, but we like the pressure.

"We thrive off of it. We've had pressure on us all year. The 31-game unbeaten streak, the pressure was on us nation-wide. Each practice there was media here and we had to be in tip-top shape and be ready each night and I think that's helping us out now."

Perry took over the tournament scoring lead from Sidney Crosby last night.

"Those things, if they come they come," he said. "I'm not too worried about putting up numbers and having people look and judge me as Sidney Crosby 'cause I'm not Sidney Crosby, I'm Corey Perry and I'm just trying to do my own thing out there."


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