Perry powers pounding

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

The OHL scoring championship is in the bank for Corey Perry.

Perry, with a five-goal performance against the Kingston Frontenacs in a 14-1 romp at the John Labatt Centre last night, is developing new ways to score.

He banked a shot off a Kingston defender for his second goal, just as he did for one of the two he scored against Sarnia on Friday night.

"We're always trying little different things in practice. You see something in practice and you try it in a game, but it's just lucky bounces going in right now," Perry said as he has 34 goals in 43 games for a share of the league lead in that department with Geoff Platt of the Erie Otters.

Perry has 86 points (17 in his last five games), nine ahead of teammate Dylan Hunter in the OHL points parade.

Only two Knights have won the scoring title in the franchise's previous 39 years -- Jason Allison in 1993-94 (55 goals and 87 assists for 142 points) and Dave Simpson in 1981-82 (67-88-155).

The sellout crowd of 9,090 was entertained as the Knights, 43-4-2-0, came close to equalling more records in what's already been a record-smashing season.

Perry fell one short of the OHL record for most goals in a game, while the 14 goals were two shy of the record for most by a team in a game.

"It's just another night to remember here," Perry said. "We've broke so many records this season and we almost broke a couple more tonight.

"We're going to have fun with this one but once it comes Friday (with Peterborough at the JLC), it's a new game. We can't sit back and just think about what we did today."

Perry was using a new stick yesterday from a shipment that arrived just before the season began, but was tucked away in a storage closet.

"I broke a couple (Saturday night in Owen Sound) and Matts came through," Perry said of equipment manager Chris Matton.

"There were three sitting in my stall and I picked one out and that was the one."

David Bolland scored four goals and added two assists, while Dan Fritsche also enjoyed a six-point game with a goal and five assists. Rob Schremp chipped in with three assists while rookie forward Jordan Foreman scored twice.

"We haven't been scoring like we had been earlier," Perry said. "We're playing a different style. We're playing a trap game and just capitalizing on turnovers, so when you do that you're not going to have 8-1 wins every night."

Knights coach Dale Hunter rotated his four lines as the score mounted.

"You don't want to embarrass a team, but it was one of those things where everything went right," Hunter said. "We've got 9,000 people here and you've got to keep playing. I could have shut down all my top guys, but the fans came here to see them and I kept playing them, but I didn't overplay them."

Frontenacs coach Jim Hulton played musical goalies with starter Dayne Davis and rookie backup Brady Morrison, who was called up from junior B Petrolia at Christmas.

"You come in here and you're goalie has got to be the best player on the ice and both our guys struggled unbelievably," Hulton said.

"We've got a kid in there who's never faced anybody (Morrison had played only 40 minutes) and the snowball's rolling and the avalanche is on. I let him play longer than he should have . . . you don't want to embarrass anybody. It was a pretty tough indoctrination."

Hulton said he's been on this side of a lopsided score before as he coached the Mississauga IceDogs in their first two seasons, winning only eight of 87.

"We had a few long nights," he said.

"But it happens and it's no different in the win-loss column than losing 1-0. I don't think you can jump off bridges after a night like tonight."

GAME GLANCE

Knights 14, Frontenacs 1

London goals: Corey Perry (5), David Bolland (4), Jordan Foreman (2), Dan Fritsche, Dan Girardi, Kelly Thomson

Kingston goal: Ben Shutron

Next: The Knights play the Peterborough Petes on Friday at the John Labatt Centre at 7:30 p.m.


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