Knights swept away

London Knights forward Adam Perry rubs goalie Adam Dennis on the head after the Knights lost 4-3 to...

London Knights forward Adam Perry rubs goalie Adam Dennis on the head after the Knights lost 4-3 to the Petes last night in Peterborough to lose the best-of-seven OHL championship series 4-0. (London Free Press/Derek Ruttan)

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

PETERBOROUGH -- The London Knights have no more miracles left.

The defending Memorial Cup champions were swept from the OHL final in four games by Peterborough with a 4-3 loss to the Petes before a sellout crowd of 3,983 last night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

At the end of his final OHL game, a frustrated Rob Schremp fired a puck at the Peterborough bench and nearly hit Petes head coach Dick Todd, who was heading onto the ice to join the celebration. Schremp also threw a water bottle at the officials to illustrate his dislike for their work.

"No offence to (playoff MVP) Daniel Ryder -- he's a great player -- but (referee) Pat Smola deserved the MVP," said Schremp, who scored two goals in his last appearance in a Knight uniform. "He thought the 5,000 people came here to watch him. The penalties were (12-4) against us and for a guy like me who doesn't play much on the penalty kill, it means there's no flow to the game.

"The guys in the orange stripes out there are the ones who deserve that win."

Peterborough, the OHL's team of destiny that picked up eight of their 16 playoff wins in overtime, beat the Knights by one goal in all four games of the series.

Peterborough native Adam Perry of the Knights had a glorious chance to force another extra session with 10 seconds left in the third period, but was unable to put the puck past Petes goalie David Shantz.

"It's hard to say what the difference was," Schremp said. "They got some bounces that we didn't get."

Peterborough, which finished second to London for the OHL regular season title, advances to the Memorial Cup tournament in Moncton next week and will face the host Wildcats, the Quebec Remparts and the Western Hockey League champion Vancouver Giants.

"It's awesome that we swept them. I didn't expect that," said pesky Peterborough forward Steve Downie. "This is just unbelievable."

Downie helped end London's campaign after enduring two straight season-ending playoff defeats to the Knights while with the Windsor Spitfires.

London was hoping to force a Game 5 on home ice tonight, but the John Labatt Centre will be empty of OHL hockey until the 2006-07 season begins in September.

Instead, the Petes claimed their ninth J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions in their 14th trip to the OHL final in their 50th anniversary season.

"That's the thing I'm going to miss is the London fans," London goalie Adam Dennis said. "When I came here a year and a half ago, they accepted me right away. It's a friendly place to play and the last few years have been the best of my life."

It was a frustrating end to the junior career of the OHL's all-time winningest goalie and the league's top puckstopper this season.

Dennis started in net last night with a left knee injury that will require an MRI this week. He didn't last long in his 10th career OHL final start and was pulled after allowing four goals in the first period. He was replaced at the start of the second by rookie Steve Mason, who stopped every shot he faced in relief.

With the season hanging in the balance, London played desperate hockey and it cost them in the penalty department.

"The kids played hard. I don't think (they were too aggressive)," London head coach Dale Hunter said. "Both teams worked hard. We're in the business of developing players and getting them ready for the NHL. That's what we're trying to do here."

It's expected the Edmonton Oilers will call up Schremp for the rest of their NHL playoff run. The 19-year-old Fulton, N.Y. native, who duplicated Corey Perry's 2004-05 season by leading the OHL in scoring during the regular season and playoffs, finished second to Brampton's Wojtek Wolski for the league's most outstanding player. He now holds the league record for assists in a playoff season with 37.

There's also a good chance the Chicago Blackhawks will sign second-round pick David Bolland in the near future.

London opened the scoring shorthanded with Schremp converting a nifty give-and-go play with Sergei Kostitsyn, who added a power-play marker less than two minutes later to give the Knights an early 2-0 lead.

But Peterborough, which had six powerplays to London's two in the first period, scored three times with the man advantage and added another on a delayed penalty to take a 4-2 lead into the first intermission.

Peterborough hasn't won an OHL championship since 1996.

GAME GLANCE

Peterborough 4, London 3

Peterborough wins best-of-seven OHL final 4-0

Peterborough goals: Trevor Hendrikx (2), Daniel Ryder, Greg Stewart

London goals: Rob Schremp (2), Sergei Kostitsyn


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