Knights relish rematch with Rimouski

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:44 PM ET

Marc Methot was pulling for the Rimouski Oceanic to beat the Ottawa 67's last night.

He got his wish.

"I was hoping Rimouski would win just from the excitement and the atmosphere in our first game," the London Knights defenceman was saying as the Oceanic qualified for today's Memorial Cup final against the Knights with a win over the 67's.

The Knights beat the Oceanic 4-3 in the tournament opener eight days ago with Methot scoring the overtime winner.

He welcomes the rematch with Sidney Crosby, who scored a goal and had one assist in the first nine minutes, then wasn't heard from for the rest of the game.

"The first game really showed how valuable Sidney Crosby's line is and as long as we can shut them down, I think we'll be OK," Methot said of Crosby, Dany Roussin and Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

The Knights will have last change today as they're home team after finishing first in the round-robin.

"Last time we had Brandon Prust, Drew Larman and Trevor Kell shadowing them up front and as long as we have one of us D covering him, I think we'll be OK," Methot said.

"I don't think you can really go and skate right at him, I think it's more just keeping him in range and being careful around him. And we can't be taking too many penalties. That's going to be the key."

Methot said it's important Prust got in Crosby's head that first game.

"Half the game is mental and especially when you get in a guy's head like Sidney Crosby, that can be nothing but positive for our team.

"You've got to hand it to a guy like Prustie, he did a good job last game and hopefully he can do another great job (today)."

The Knights also have to contend with goalie Cedrick Desjardins, who's grown to proportions larger than life at this tournament.

"He's a big kid and it seems like you're hitting him in the chest a lot, but what people don't understand is his angles are really good," said forward Rob Schremp.

"It's like Eddie Belfour makes things look easy, but that's because he's always square to the puck and he gets in the right spot and that's the way this guys plays. Every time you think you've got something, and he gets right back in position.

"You've got to make him go side to side. He's huge. It's like his shoulder pads just fly right out. You don't see much net. The key is to take something off the rebound because he has a hard time recovering; he's down and he's screwed."

Defenceman Danny Syvret said Desjardins "acts big" in his cage.

"Every time we're around the net he puffs his chest out and covers everything he can. There's not too much movement, just a lot of acting big and trying to take away the angles."

Syvret said defencemen Patrick Coulombe and Mario Scalzo Jr. are a big part of the offence and are usually on when Crosby's line plays.

"Those two defencemen are very offensive and there's times they take a lot of risks, but more than likely it plays off for them," he said of the need for the Knights to contain five players at one time, adding they can't just key on Crosby.

"Their top three players were the top three scorers in their league and Crosby was a big factor in his linemates' success because obviously there's a lot of focus on him, and yet there's still so much talent on that line."


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