Knights ride out Storm

The London Knights' Corey Perry reacts last night after being hooked by Guelph Storm goaltender...

The London Knights' Corey Perry reacts last night after being hooked by Guelph Storm goaltender Adam Dennis during the first period of their OHL game at the John Labatt Centre. Dennis was penalized on the play. The Knights won 3-2 in overtime. (London Free Press/Dave Chidley)

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

The London Knights weathered another Storm last night.

Marc Methot's second goal of the game, 2:33 into overtime, gave the Knights a 3-2 victory over Guelph before 8,769 fans at the John Labatt Centre.

It was only fair a defenceman scored the winning goal in a game that proved a real defensive battle.

Methot snared a loose puck just off the Guelph goal crease and beat goalie Adam Dennis with the Knights' 47th shot.

The win extended London's OHL record-breaking unbeaten streak to 16 games. The Knights, with 15 wins and one tie, remain the only undefeated team in the 56-team Canadian Hockey League.

The 1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings own the CHL record, undefeated their first 29 games that Western league season.

Methot was all smiles as he described his winner.

"Just before the shift, I told Danny (Syvret, his defence partner) 'You go ahead, you go up there, wheel around, play offence, don't worry, I'll stay back and watch your back.'

"I don't know what happened. I saw the loose puck and I went for it," Methot said of his third goal of the season, which betters the two goals he scored in each of his first two years.

If anyone was going to beat the Knights, it was the Storm. Guelph is the only team to beat London since Jan. 24 of last season, when the Knights lost to the Plymouth Whalers.

Since then, Guelph has beaten the Knights six times -- twice late last season, then four times in the Western Conference final -- but they've lost both meetings this season.

The Knights are 45-6-2 in the last 53 games, including 15 playoff games.

Corey Perry drew an assist on Methot's winner and an assist on Rob Schremp's tying goal at 11:12 of the third period.

Perry has a 16-game points streak and leads the OHL with 15 goals and 38 points.

Ryan Callahan had put the Storm ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal 2:53 into the third.

The Knights are full measure for their streak. They're in the strongest of the two OHL conferences and play the majority of their games in the most competitive division.

All their wins have been against Western Conference rivals, with seven in divisional matchups.

Owen Sound, for example, has a winning record (8-6-0-1), but is last in the Midwest Division.

"That says a lot right there, when a team is over .500 and at the bottom of our division," Perry said. "It just shows how tough this division is. It's a battle every time we play a team in this conference.

"We're not taking anything away from the other conference. You can't take a night off in this league, but these games are battles."

Perry's a candidate for Canada's world junior team and Hockey Canada chief scout Blair Mackasey was at last night's game.

Prust proved to be a real gamer. He was cut on the left cheek by a skate with five minutes left in the second period but was back on the ice for the third after taking 10 stitches.

He was in the penalty box when Callahan scored but drew an assist on Methot's winner.

Feisty Knights right-winger Trevor Kell (with six goals in the first 12 games) returned last night after missing three games with a concussion.

KNIGHTS 3, STORM 2 (OT)

London goals: Marc Methot (2), Rob Schremp

Guelph goals: Tyler Doig, Ryan Callahan

Next: The Knights play the Barrie Colts tonight at the John Labatt Centre at 7:30 p.m.


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