Coach gets record in penalty-filled game

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

PETERBOROUGH -- Another entry in the record book last night but not by the London Knights.

The Knights, a model of consistency and decorum this season, lost 6-2 to the Peterborough Petes before a sellout crowd of 3,933 that saw Petes coach Dick Todd become the eighth coach in Canadian Hockey League history to register 500 career wins.

It's the fastest a coach has accomplished it, coming in his 814th game.

But that was overshadowed by a penalty-filled game that included a second-period line brawl.

The Petes scored five straight power-play goals after falling behind 2-0 early to send the Knights to back-to-back losses for the first time this season. They lost 2-1 Thursday in Belleville.

But last night will hurt more than just in the standings, where the Knights are 38-4-2-0.

Goalie Adam Dennis and forward Kelly Thomson were suspended two games for their roles in the brawl.

Rookie forward Jordan Foreman faces disciplinary action after getting a gross misconduct with 22 seconds left for manhandling a linesman.

And Knights coach Dale Hunter, suspended to begin the season, may hear from OHL commissioner David Branch after being ejected by referee Joel Washkurak with 8:43 remaining.

When all the penalties were tallied, the Knights had 27 and the Petes 17.

"Too many penalties," Hunter said. "You know I can't say much. It frustrates the kids, that's all. That's why it turned into an ugly game."

Peterborough's power play was five-for-12 against the league's top penalty killers. London's power play was one-for-seven.

"He called lots of penalties, and some questionable ones," said Knights GM Mark Hunter, who huddled with officiating supervisor Dave Lynch afterward.

"He seemed to call five-on-threes, and they scored on two and it made it worse. It went downhill. . . . The refereeing wasn't up to standards.

"The kids got frustrated."

The brawl broke out after the Petes scored twice with a two-man advantage, making it 5-2.

Petes goalie Jeff MacDougald gave the Knights' Corey Perry a poke with his stick after Perry whacked a Pete.

Dennis, who had replaced starter Gerald Coleman in the first period, skated the length of the ice to meet MacDougald at the blue-line. Dennis dropped MacDougald with three punches, then helped him back to his feet.

"Everyone was pairing off and he decided he wanted to get in the middle of it, so I had to call him on," Dennis said.

Perry, a Peterborough native, received a standing ovation at the start when he was honoured for the world junior championship.

Before it was over, he was being booed.

"The goalie hit me on the back of the leg. I went after him. I did whack somebody, but that was like a little love tap. But then the goalie turns around and swings at me at the back of the leg," Perry said.

"The refereeing was horrible. We had to get a new scoresheet. They only had half the penalties on their side. You can't ref a game like that. Everything in the book he gave us tonight."

The league will also likely look into a scuffle in the seats. The TV broadcast showed the Knights' Jeff Whitfield, out with the flu, involved with fans. One fan was removed by police.

Todd said he wasn't surprised by the brawl.

"Not entirely. Looking at the record of their team there are three or four players who have had quite a few fights, so I alerted our players to the fact that there were some players who were ready to engage in fisticuffs and they had to be ready for that."

GAME GLANCE

Petes 6, Knights 2

Peterborough goals: Jamie Tardif (2), Liam Reddox, Daniel Ryder, Jadran Beljo, Justin Caruana

London goals: Josh Beaulieu, David Bolland

Next: The Knights are in Kingston tonight, then wind up their four-game road trip Sunday afternoon in Ottawa.


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