A Knight to remember

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

OWEN SOUND -- The eight London Knights made it look easy last night, just as they have for most of this season.

Five of the record eight players in the OHL All-Star Classic accounted for six goals as the Western Conference beat up on the Eastern Conference 9-4.

The line of Rob Schremp, Corey Perry and Dylan Hunter combined for 10 points. Schremp had two goals and two assists, Perry a goal and three assists, and Hunter a goal and an assist.

David Bolland also scored a goal and collected two assists and defenceman Danny Syvret chipped in with a goal.

The other Knights in the game were defencemen Daniel Girardi, with one assist, and Marc Methot, plus goalie Adam Dennis, who played the first 30 minutes, allowing one goal on 21 shots.

The Knights lead the Canadian Hockey League with a 43-4-2-0 record, and with the balance of OHL power in the Western Conference, coach Shawn Camp said it was a treat to be behind the bench.

"It's like being given the keys to a race car -- rev the engine, here we go," said Camp, now with the Sarnia Sting after winning the league title last season with the Guelph Storm, who upset the Knights in the conference final.

"It's really fun to watch how creative these players can be from both teams. And the OHL is chock-full of very skilled guys who, when given an opportunity like this, really show their creativity and how smart they are."

Eastern Conference coach Greg Gilbert of the Mississauga IceDogs praised the Schremp-Perry-Hunter line.

"You could just see the set plays they were running, and it's great to see a group of guys like that . . . all on the same page," said Gilbert, a former NHL player and coach.

"It's almost like they had a sixth sense of knowing where each guy was going to be at any given moment and any given situation. And when you have the comfort level in the players and the puck movement, the jump in the guys is that much more.

"You could definitely tell these young men from London who were playing tonight could definitely tell what was going to happen."

Perry leads the OHL with 24 goals and 86 points. Hunter is second with 25 goals and 77 points. Schremp sits fourth with 30 goals and 66 points.

Schremp said it was a treat to play with the other two.

"As Mr. Gilbert said, we have the chemistry and it showed tonight," he said. "They're skilled players and easy to play with. You do your job and they do their job.

"Corey always finds the open man. Just get in the open spot and he'll hit you right on the tape.

"Dylan knows the smart spots. He gets in the quiet areas and all you have to do is give him the puck and he buries it."

Schremp said that with little body checking last night, it was an opportunity for some real skill to shine on both teams.

"Sometimes in a (regular) game there's a sacrifice, but when you come to a game like this, you can show what you've got.

"It was very important for us to come out and give a good show and represent the London Knights very well.

"And I think we did that."

Perry said he has the advantage of playing with Schremp and Hunter every day.

"I've played with Dylan for four years now and Schrempie two years, so it was a little bit of an advantage. . . . But it's also fun when you come to something like this."

Kitchener Rangers captain Michael Richards, who also captained Canada to the gold medal at the world junior championship, sat out with a groin injury. He has been on crutches since leaving a game a week ago tonight in Peterborough and said he is awaiting results of a bone scan and will have other tests today in Toronto.

"The groin has bothered me since the beginning of the year and it's finally caught up to me," he said. "Hopefully, it's not as bad as it feels. I'm hoping to be back before March for sure. Hopefully, I'll be back for the playoffs."

OHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC

West 9, East 4

West goals: Rob Schremp (2), Corey Perry, Dylan Hunter, Danny Syvret, David Bolland, all London; Jeff Carter, Sault Ste. Marie; Ryan Callahan, Guelph; Geoff Platt, Erie

East goals: Bryan Little, Rob Hisey both Barrie; Jamie Tardif, Peterborough; Wojtek Wolski, Brampton


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