Knights vs. Oceanic

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:43 PM ET

Yes London, dreams do come true.

It will be Corey Perry and the London Knights against Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic for the 2005 Memorial Cup championship.

The puck drops for the most important hockey game to be played in Canada this year at 4:30 p.m. today at the John Labatt Centre.

The Oceanic qualified last night with a 7-4 win over the Ottawa 67's and today's game could not have a better script.

The Knights, ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Hockey League all season, began their trip with a record-breaking 31-game unbeaten streak.

The Oceanic ran off a 35-game unbeaten streak, but that was over the final 28 games of the regular season and then seven games into the playoffs.

The CHL recognizes the Knights' achievement as the record, but the score about who's best in all the land will be settled on the ice, right here in London, and before a national television audience that's expected to draw record

numbers for Sportsnet.

The NHL lockout helped draw national media attention to this year's Memorial Cup, but Crosby's presence has meant incredible numbers. Everyone has wanted to see the top-rated 17-year-old in the world for the next NHL draft and he hasn't disappointed, scoring six goals and 10 points in four games.

The CHL issued more than 350 media credentials for this year's event. The previous high, 150, was last year in Kelowna.

The setting has also given the Knights a perfect stage to show the country what they're about.


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