Role-playing has its limits with this Knight

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

Marc Methot said before last night's game he recognized what his role was with the London Knights.

It wasn't to score goals.

So he promptly went out and scored a pair, including the winner in overtime to give the Knights a 3-2 victory over the Guelph Storm at the John Labatt Centre.

It was Methot's third goal of the season and enabled London to keep its 16-game undefeated streak alive.

Good teams always manage to find a win from somewhere or someone.

"When I was younger," Methot said, "I would try and carry the puck up the ice, but I realized with my skating and size, staying back was to my advantage."

So much for staying back.

Methot scored his first goal of the season into an empty net against Erie on Saturday. Last night, with the game scoreless, he decided to jump into the play. He streaked -- sort of -- to set up a three-on-two. Brandon Prust found him skating down the slot and Methot buried the shot.

He was in the penalty box when the Storm tied it later in the period.

It looked for a while as if the Storm were going to be spoilers again.

It's games like last night's where guys like Methot stick out. But in his case, it usually isn't because of goal scoring.

There were penalties to kill and bodies to throw around in front of the crease.

London's defence in recent years has shown great mobility and offensive ability. Last year it was Dennis Wideman who took most of the headlines. This year it's Danny Syvret.

But they've never been the biggest or most physical of players.

That's why Methot has become one of the key components of that blue-line brigade.

He's the biggest and strongest of the group and he does a great deal of the hard slugging. Methot has grown much stronger since last year. It's not unusual to see him flinging a player aside without much difficulty.

He's the one guy who usually plays against the other team's top line.

Methot came into the league three years ago at 190 pounds. He now weighs 222. And he needs all of it when he winds up playing the Storm.

Despite having lost a number of players from last year's OHL championship team, the Storm remain a tough bunch to play. They play disciplined hockey and rely on the goaltending of Adam Dennis to keep them in the game.

Last night the Knights didn't appear to have the same energy they usually have. But when the Storm took a 2-1 lead in the third period, they got the wake-up call they needed.

Coach Dale Hunter decided to move Rob Schremp to a line with Corey Perry and Jordan Foreman and Schremp provided a high- energy shift when he hit the goal post twice, then tied the game with his 10th goal.

"It was the first time (last night) I played with (Perry,)" Schremp said afterward. "I was ready to go."

He also made a defensive play late in the game, coming back to steal the puck from a Storm player.

From the time Schremp, Perry and Foreman were put together, the Knights dominated play.

"(Guelph) doesn't have it on paper but they're a smart team and play the system," said Schremp. "It was frustrating but you have to be patient. (Perry) was getting frustrated early in the game but in the third period he dominated."

Perry almost won it twice in overtime. The big snipers had several chances to win it.

No one suspected that a stay-at-home defenceman like Methot would deliver the winning blow.

Least of all Methot himself.


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