The London Knights claimed the Ontario Hockey League championship for the first time in their 40-year history on Saturday.
The Knights rolled to a 6-2 win over over the Ottawa 67's in Game 5 before 9,090 raucous fans at London's John Labatt Centre.
The Knights won the series 4-1. London's Corey Perry was named the playoff MVP after finishing the post-season with 11 goals and 27 assists in 18 games.
Rob Schremp had a goal and three assists and Bryan Rodney chipped in with a pair of goals and an assist to propel the Knights to victory. Josh Beaulieu, David Bolland and Danny Fritsche added individual markers for London. Gerald Coleman made 28 saves to record the win.
Bryan Bickell and Mark Mancari scored for the 67's, while Danny Battochio made 38 saves in a losing effort for Ottawa.
Next up for the Knights is the Memorial Cup – the Canadian junior championship – scheduled for May 21-29 in London.
The Knights will face the 67's (who qualify as the OHL representatives because London is hosting the tournament), the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Rimouski Oceanic and the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets.
Kelowna is the defending Memorial Cup champions. The Knights and the Oceanic open the tournament on May 21.
Ottawa was first on the scoreboard when Bickell beat Coleman from the top of the faceoff circle at 1:41 of the opening period. Beaulieu and Rodney scored before the end of the period to give London a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
The Knights took a three goal lead in the middle period when Rodney scored his second goal of the game at 10:27 and Bolland scored less than two minutes later.
Mancari scored early in the final frame to make it 4-2, but London restored its three-goal advantage when Fritsche scored on a backhander at 8:26. Schremp iced the game with his goal at 13:17.