Game day chronology

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

3:23 p.m.: For the final time in his junior career, Knights forward Corey Perry stands in the corner of the rink all alone in his flip-flops and practises his puckhandling.

3:33 p.m.: Perry heads back to the Knights dressing room.

3:45 p.m.: London and Rimouski hit the ice for pregame warmup.

4:00 p.m.: As always, Knights forward Rob Schremp is the last one to leave the ice at the end of warmup. He high-fives linemate Danny Fritsche, then gives a puck to a fan.

4:15 p.m.: As the inflatable castle is hauled onto the ice, the first chants of "Go Knights Go" chorus through the John Labatt Centre. An impressive laser show begins.

4:19 p.m.: In his lucky tan jacket, London head coach Dale Hunter, assistants Jacques Beaulieu and Jeff Perry and equipment manager Chris Maton walk to the Knights bench.

4:22 p.m.: After Rimouski's starting lineup is announced, the rest of the Oceanic players are not called onto the ice. They sit on their bench. During pregame introductions, all of the Knights stand on their blue line, while just the five Oceanic starters stand on theirs.

4:26 p.m.: Former Knight Brendan Shanahan participates in the ceremonial faceoff.

4:27 p.m.: London's Denise Pelley sings the national anthem.

4:30 p.m.: Opening faceoff of the 2005 Memorial Cup won by Knights Dylan Hunter. Sidney Crosby slashes Brandon Prust.

4:32 p.m.: First shot fired by Knight Dylan Hunter.

4:33 p.m.: Perry jumps over boards for first shift.

4:34 p.m.: First penalty to Rimouski's Jean-Sebastien Cote for cross-checking. Oceanic policeman Eric Neilson sucker-punched Perry, then decks Jordan Foreman to earn another penalty.

4:36 p.m.: Knights trainer Don Brankley tends to Perry, then shouts choice words at Neilson in the penalty box.

4:39 p.m.: London's Danny Fritsche scores the game's first goal on a two-man advantage.

4:42 p.m.: Fritsche runs over goalie Cedrick Desjardins. He gets a goaltender interference penalty.

4:43 p.m.: First Rogers Sportsnet TV commercial timeout.

4:47 p.m.: First Shovel Guy sighting.

5:10 p.m: Knights leave the ice for first intermission with 2-0 lead.

6:08 p.m.: Knights leave the ice for second intermission with 3-0 lead.

6:22 p.m.: Timekeeper Joe Serratore walks to his post in the penalty box for the last time in his 27 years as an off-ice official.

6:31 p.m.: Rob Schremp scores his first goal of the tournament 2:34 into the third period, giving the Knights a commanding 4-0 lead. Rimouski yanks Desjardins, replacing him with backup goalie Jean-Michel Filiatrault.

6:36 p.m.: London's Brandon Prust and Rimouski's Sebastien Aspirot square off.

7:01 p.m.: With 1:30 left in the game, Knights fans get on their feet to salute their team and possibly the greatest season in major junior hockey history.

7:03 p.m.: After a 40-year wait, the Knights win their first Memorial Cup with a 4-0 victory over Rimouski. Green, white and black confetti falls from the rafters.

7:09 p.m.: Perry named Memorial Cup MVP.

7:15 p.m.: Knights captain Danny Syvret accepts the Memorial Cup from CHL commissioner David Branch. He hoists it over his head and passes it to Perry.


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