Knights continue record-setting run

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

A record crowd at the Brampton Centre last night saw the London Knights set another Ontario Hockey League record.

In beating the Brampton Battalion 4-2 before 4,835, the amazing Knights became the first OHL club to record 100 points in back-to-back seasons and tied an OHL mark with their 24th road win of the season.

But the Knights' victory was not assured until Corey Perry, who leads the league with 99 points, scored into an empty net in the final minute.

"I was happy with our effort," Battalion captain Ryan Oulahen said. "Throughout the game, it was back and forth. Everyone has to be proud of how we played. They're one of the best junior teams in history."

In their lone visit of the regular season, the Knights demonstrated why they've been drawing gasps and raves across the province. The Battalion could do little but watch on London's first two goals, as both were the result of pinpoint passing. Danny Fritsche, who played 19 games for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets last season, and David Bolland scored pretty goals to put London up 2-1.

Even Knights captain Danny Syvret was impressed.

"You drop your jaw in amazement sometimes," Syvret said. "It seems every game something new comes up. People want to see what all the talk is about and if we can entertain the crowd as much as we can, we have done our job."

Wojtek Wolski and Patrick Sweeney scored for Brampton (27-19-8-2). . Kevin Couture was outstanding in the Battalion net, making 44 saves. Rob Schremp also scored for London (49-4-2-0).

The Knights have 100 points after reaching 110 a year ago. Among other records, the Knights began this season with a 31-game unbeaten streak.

They've also helped set franchise attendance records in Owen Sound, Barrie, Saginaw and now Brampton.

The previous record for attendance for a Battalion home game was 4,477, set in the team's first home opener in October 1998.

"You wonder a little bit (why the Battalion's average attendance was only 2,330 going into last night)," Oulahen said. "Maybe it takes the Knights to get all these people out and see what a good team we are and the action going on here."

FOLIGNO SUSPENDED

Sudbury Wolves coach Mike Foligno yesterday was suspended for two games and fined $1,000 by the OHL for inappropriate words toward an official during a game against the St. Michael's Majors. The Wolves' Kyle Musselman was suspended for five games for bullying the Majors' Nathan McIver.


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