Knights' charge buries Petes

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

Not so fast. Just when the OHL may have been considering putting the Peterborough Petes in the record book as the first team to beat London twice this season, the Knights roared back with five straight third-period goals to win 7-5 last night.

The goals came in a span of just under 13 minutes to erase a 5-2 Petes lead as the Knights improved to 44-4-2-0 in front of a full house of 9,090 at the John Labatt Centre.

The Petes, who beat the Knights 6-2 in Peterborough on Jan. 20, are 24-15-6-4 and in second place in the Eastern Conference.

"We didn't give it a great effort the first two periods and came in the room and talked about it, then went out and executed," said Knights forward Rob Schremp -- with no pun intended on the "executed" -- who got his team rolling with his 31st goal at 3:04 of the period.

The Knights fell behind 5-2 when Jordan Morrison scored short-handed just 41 seconds into the third period.

Schremp said that didn't deter the team.

"We weren't even worried about it. We came in after the game and said we didn't even think about it. We knew what we wanted to do and we accomplished it."

Defenceman Bryan Rodney scored at 8:40 in an unassisted effort, and David Bolland tied it with a power-play goal at 10:47, his 27th.

Rodney scored the winner at 11:44, his 17th goal, with Bolland drawing the assist.

The Knights' checking line accounted for the seventh goal with Drew Larman getting his ninth at 15:46 and Trevor Kell assisting.

"We just wanted to battle back and do the right things and if we were going to lose, we wanted to lose playing the right way for at least one period," Schremp said.

"And we did the right things. We got the puck out of our zone, played better defence and buried our chances."

A lot of teams would have shut it down after falling behind 5-2.

"We're definitely a team that doesn't give up," Schremp said. "We've got a lot of character guys in here and we benefit from having so many veterans, guys like Corey Perry, Dylan Hunter, Bryan Rodney.

"Rods (Rodney) had a big night for us. And he's one of the guys that tried to spark us after the second period, and he came out and actually showed by example.

"We know what we have to do and everyone knows their job. We're doing well now, but the big challenge is going to be in the playoffs. So what we're trying to do right now is stay focused and not get above ourselves and get too cocky and make sure we have a good head on our shoulders."

Petes coach Dick Todd, who registered his 500th career win behind the bench with the game in Peterborough, said a 5-2 lead is usually safe.

"You would think so, but a team that has the explosive power and the experience London does -- if you said there was five minutes left in the game and a three-goal lead, I would say fine, but with a full period period to play, there's no way they aren't capable of doing what they did," Todd said.

The Knights outshot the Petes 22-4 in the third period after being outshot 28-16 over the first 40 minutes.

Knights defenceman Danny Syvret scored the only goal of the first period with 54 seconds remaining. It was his 15th. He is second among blue-liners with 45 points.

Patrick Kaleta tied it for the Petes at 5:53 of the second.

The next two goals were all in the family with former Knight Logan Hunter scoring for the Petes at 11:20d.

Hunter is a nephew of coach Dale Hunter and general manager Mark Hunter.

Cousin Dylan Hunter, Dale's son, tied it with his 26th of the season at 12:48. The Petes then got goals from Jamie Tardif, his 30th, at 16:47, then Logan Hunter set up Jadran Beljo at 17:14.

The Knights are in Oshawa tomorrow. The Generals are last overall at 13-33-3-1.


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