Perry's pulling for spot

Michael Richards, of the Kitchener Rangers, fights for the puck with Russian Mikhail Yunkov during...

Michael Richards, of the Kitchener Rangers, fights for the puck with Russian Mikhail Yunkov during the Canada-Russia Challenge at the Hershey Centre last night. (Toronto Sun/Veronica Henri)

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

MISSISSAUGA -- Corey Perry went for the gold last night, pulling a gold chain off a Russian player's neck in a skirmish during the Team OHL-Russia Selects game at the Hershey Centre.

The OHL scoring leader (19 goals and 57 points) and London Knights right-winger wants to see more of the Russians at the world junior championship in Grand Forks, N.D.

Perry drew two assists in a 5-2 victory and was much more visible than in Thursday's 3-1 win in Barrie when he didn't get a point.

Ironically, last night was his fifth game in as many nights. The Knights played Friday, Saturday and Sunday, stretching their undefeated streak to an OHL record 26 games.

"Way down there, I guess," Perry said when asked where the legs came from. "It was a tough weekend but I thought I played better tonight than Thursday. I was skating, doing all kinds of things. I wasn't expecting this with it being five-in-five."

He was joined again last night by teammates David Bolland and Dylan Hunter, who both scored, and Danny Syvret, who has a good shot at making Canada's blue-line.

The 28 to 30 hopefuls will learn Monday if they will be invited to the Winnipeg selection camp. Perry most certainly will be there but hopes to avoid a repeat of last year when he was the last forward cut.

"Things didn't work out," he said. "Hopefully, I can make the team this year."

When asked if he thought last night's effort would make a good impression on Hockey Canada head scout Blair Mackasey, Perry replied: "There's always more you can do. You've just got to show them you can do it. . . . I think I have."

Mackasey, tight-lipped as always when asked about players who will be invited, said he won't use the two games against the Russians to make final decisions.

"Corey Perry will be judged on his play so far this year, his play at our summer camp and his play in previous years," he said.

Syvret's stock continues to rise.

"I have a lot of time for Danny Syvret," Mackasey said.

"He's certainly a consideration to bring to camp. He reminds me a lot of Derek Meech." Meech, a former Red Deer Rebel, played for Canada in Helsinki last winter.

It could be tougher for Syvret if the Minnesota Wild lend defenceman Brent Burns, from the Wild's AHL team in Houston. Mackasey and Wild GM Doug Risebrough were talking last night. Burns was in Helsinki when Canada lost to the U.S. in the gold-medal game.

Syvret said the five games were tough "but this is the sacrifice you have to make it you want to make Team Canada. Unfortunately, the schedule didn't turn out in our favour but you've got to live with it."

Defenceman Frank Rediker, injured Friday, didn't make the trip with the rest of the Knights team to see last night's game. His knee will be evaluated by doctors again this week.

Forward Shawn Futers was hobbling after being speared in the groin Saturday but said he will likely play Friday against Windsor at the John Labatt Centre.


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