Road to the title had a rocky beginning

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

After marching to the Memorial Cup last year, this was supposed to be the season the London Knights returned to the pack.

The hockey pundits all nodded when the Knights started the 2005-06 season with four consecutive losses, but that was before high-scoring Rob Schremp, captain Dylan Hunter and veteran goalie Adam Dennis came back from pro camps.

Their impact was immediate: Schremp won the OHL scoring title with 145 points, Hunter finished fourth in the league with 117 points, and Dennis established a single-season record for victories with 44 as the Knights rolled on to clinch a third straight OHL regular-season title.

Forced from the John Labatt Centre in late February and early March for curling's Scott Tournament of Hearts, London played eight straight games on the road and won every one, including an unlikely come-from-behind 5-4 overtime victory in Kingston that cemented the Knights as Memorial Cup contenders again.

After a brawl-filled shutout home loss to Plymouth Feb. 10, the Knights reeled off 13 straight victories, including wins in the home arenas of league heavyweights Kitchener and Peterborough.

London fell one victory short of a third straight 50-win campaign, but Schremp and teammate David Bolland staged a furious duel for the OHL goal-scoring title, splitting the honour in the end with 57 goals apiece.


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