Pouliot helps turn out lights on Knights' streak

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

St. Isidore native Benoit Pouliot played an important role in ending the longest undefeated streak in major junior hockey history. The Sudbury Wolves rookie, ranked as the top skater in the OHL by NHL Central Scouting in its most recent ratings, scored once and added an assist during a 5-2 win in London on Friday, ending a 31-game undefeated streak for the Knights.

London had surpassed the previous record of 29 games without a loss, set by the Brandon Wheat Kings during the 1978-79 season, but was missing many key players on Friday.

Corey Perry and Danny Syvret are with the Canadian junior team preparing for the upcoming world junior championship in North Dakota, as is teammate Rob Schremp, who is with the American squad.

But the Wolves were also missing key personnel, including coach Mike Foligno. Five players -- Marc Staal, Adam McQuaid, Zack Stortini, Alex Eaton and Devin DiDiomete -- and Foligno missed the game, serving suspensions for their part in a brawl Thursday night against Windsor.

The Sudbury Star reported yesterday that DiDiomete left the bench to participate in a fight, which resulted in an automatic ban for Foligno.

With a depleted lineup on Friday, the Wolves took a 2-0 lead, but the Knights tied it. Bobby Chaumont scored with 5:41 left in the third to give Sudbury the lead.

The Wolves scored two empty-netters to seal the win and end the streak.

In a classy move, fans at the John Labatt Centre gave the Knights a standing ovation.

"What the crowd did was great for the kids because at that point they were down," London coach Dale Hunter told the London Free Press.

Still, the loss stung the Knights who had put together an incredible run.

Ottawa native and Knights defenceman Marc Methot told the Free Press: "We knew we would lose eventually, but these games were all like playoff games. It's not a great feeling in here."

CORRECTION: Last week, it was erroneously reported that G Mitch O'Keefe played last season for the Nepean Raiders of the CJHL. O'Keefe was a standout for the Gloucester Rangers, setting a CJHL record by recording six shutouts. The 2003-04 league MVP was picked up by Nepean for the Fred Page Cup and the Royal Bank Cup.

SLAP SHOTS: Nepean native Scott Cowie, a rookie with Peterborough, scored twice in the span of 4:29 Friday night, helping the Petes get a 6-3 win in Kingston ... Mike Moher scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season two minutes into OT to give Gloucester a 2-1 win in Brockville during CJHL action on Friday. Braves G Tyler Owens stopped 32 shots and suffered only his second loss of the season (9-2-2).


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