Rob Schremp isn't about to let playoff pressure curtail his creativity. The London Knights forward was at his show business best in the first period of Game 1 against Owen Sound on Friday by stuffing his stick between his legs on a close range shot and later taking a faceoff with his wrong hand.
"The guys know I'm a creative player but I'd never do anything like that to hurt the team," said London's leading scorer. "On the between-the-legs play, I really had no other shot there. The faceoffs -- I switched hands against the Soo five or six times and won them so I'll keep trying that. I only do it on the (right side) of the ice when I'm on my forehand. On the other side, I'm on my backhand so it's OK."
London defenceman David Halasz is quite familiar with Owen Sound Attack forward Marek Bartanus -- the two went to the same elementary school in their hometown of Kosice, Slovakia.
"I'm a year older than him but we grew up 10 minutes away from each other and my parents are friends with his parents," the 19-year-old Halasz said. "We played a couple of games on the same team one year. He's a good guy but I have to say he's a little bit cocky. Before the series, we were on MSN (on the computer) and he said his team was going to wipe ours four straight."
Though London is the defending Memorial Cup champions, Owen Sound has its share of winners.
Rookie forward Scott Tregunna, an 18-year-old from Mount Forest, played for Midwestern junior B league champion Listowel last year. The Cyclones beat the Owen Sound Greys in the final before bowing out in the Sutherland Cup round-robin against Chatham and Thorold.
The six-foot-two, 192-pounder sees a lot of similarities between the postseason run of underdog Listowel and this year's Attack, who knocked out the powerful Kitchener Rangers in the first round.
"Both teams pulled off surprise victories and it was a lot of fun -- the communities both rallied around the teams," Tregunna said.