New uniform, same result

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

Same goalie, just a different uniform. Adam Dennis, no stranger to great performances at the John Labatt Centre, made his debut with the Knights last night one that he'll remember.

Dennis, obtained Monday from the defending OHL champion Guelph Storm, kicked out 34 of 35 Brampton Battalion shots to backstop his new team to a 4-1 victory.

The win, before another sellout crowd of 9,090 at the JLC, was the seventh in a row for the Knights, who improved to 37-2-2-0.

The Battalion, 21-15-6-2, are third in the Eastern Conference.

Dennis, a London-killer in last season's OHL Western Conference final, came in exchange for goalie Ryan MacDonald and three draft picks. His game followed Gerald Coleman's 28-save 1-0 shutout against the Kitchener Rangers on Thursday at the JLC.

"He gets a shutout, that's great for the team. (But) all I'm going to do is go in there and try and play my game," Dennis said when asked if Coleman's performance put additional pressure on him.

"I'm not going to worry about what he's doing. He's playing well and helping the team and it's great.

"It's nice to get the first one under your belt. But obviously you come and try and play the same game every game you come in. I don't think it's going to change the way I play, whether it's the first game or 15th game."

Dennis said it was nice to be greeted by the cheers of 9,000-plus fans when his name was announced. "It didn't feel right, I'm not used to it in this place," he said, breaking into a smile.

"Just seeing the Knights jersey out there, it's such a great tradition. It's great to play here. Normally you come in here and hear the Dennis chant and it's for a bad reason, not for you. (But) you get used to it."

The Knights have allowed only 79 goals in 41 games and are on pace to surrender just 131. Last season, they gave up only 147, the fewest in OHL history.

Corey Perry scored a pair of goals, including a short-handed marker, giving him 27 on the season and a league-leading 69 points.

He has four goals in five games since returning from the world junior championship in Grand Forks, N.D.

"I've tried to bring back exactly what I did there and bring it here and do the exact same thing I was doing," Perry said of the experience of winning the gold medal with Canada.

"Our line (he's with Dylan Hunter and Dan Fritsche) is playing pretty well right now. We're getting a lot of chances.

"Danny Fritsche is doing a heck of a job getting the puck in. He's a great player and he's going to be fun to play with."

Fritsche, obtained Monday from the Sarnia Sting, doesn't have a point in his first two games with the Knights, although he had several scoring chances last night.

"We're bugging him a little bit about tonight, but they're going to come," Perry said.

"As soon as you get that first one, there's going to be tons that's going to go in the net and nothing's going to be stopping him.

"I've been through that a couple of times (including at the world junior). It's just something you've got to keep battling and playing hard."

Perry has 319 points in his three-year career with the Knights, good for seventh on the team's career list.

He's two points behind Dave Simpson. Chris Taylor is the leader at 378.

Perry, who missed six games while with the Canadian juniors, is on pace for a 122-point season, which would leave him six points shy of Taylor's mark.

Perry came into this season with 250 points.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 4, Battalion 1

London goals: Corey Perry (2), Bryan Rodney, Brandon Prust

Brampton goal: Luch Aquino

Next: The Knights play in Kitchener tomorrow at 2 p.m.


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