Jumbo Schremp

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Rob Schremp landed more quads at the John Labatt Centre last night than Jeffrey Buttle and Emanuel Sandhu, combined, during the Canadian figure skating championships in January.

Schremp's four goals helped the London Knights to two more entries in the OHL record book as they beat the Erie Otters 5-1 before a crowd of 8,890.

The Knights are 54-5-2-0, tying them with the 1984-85 Soo Greyhounds for most wins in a season.

Their 110 points equals the record they set last season for most points when they finished first overall at 53-11-2-2.

"Nice," Schremp said when told of the records. "Every game it seems like we come off and everyone's like 'Another record, get the puck.' "

The team record for most goals in a game is five, shared by Dennis Maruk, Dave Lowry, Tim Taylor and Ron Goodall.

It was Schremp's fourth hat trick of the season and he has 37 goals. He'd scored only four in his previous 22 games but is fifth in the league with 81 points.

"Goals come in bunches," he said. "You've got to learn how to still produce for your team when you're not scoring and I was still getting some apples (17 assists).

"I'd been pressing too hard and tonight I just took it easy and let it come."

He scored once in the first period, then fired two goals 23 seconds apart in the first minute of the second.

"I had a lot of opportunities," Schremp said. "I got some good passes and made the best of them."

Corey Perry scored his league-leading 43rd goal. With Schremp now at 37 and seven games left, the Knights have an opportunity to have two 40-goal scorers for the first time since 1997-98 when Max Spiridonov scored 59 and Rico Fata 43.

Perry assisted on all three of Schremp's second-period goals, giving Perry a league-leading 114 points.

He trails Knights' all-time points leader Chris Taylor by 14. Taylor had 378.

The Knights now have eight entries in the record book -- including the longest unbeaten streak in Canadian Hockey League history, plus OHL marks for most road wins, longest road winning streak, shutouts, first team with back-to-back 50-win seasons and back-to-back 100-point seasons -- and they could achieve at least a half-dozen more.

Los Angeles Kings scout John Stanton of Ottawa said this is the most dominant OHL team he's seen in 30 years.

"You have to go back to the Toronto Marlboros, with Mike Palmateer in goal," Stanton said of the 1973 and 1975 Memorial Cup-champion Marlies.

Speaking of the Memorial Cup, which the Knights host May 21-29, Stanton said: "You talk to scouts who work the Western and Quebec leagues and they don't know of anybody who can beat London.

"Nobody can beat them in the CHL, unless they beat themselves. They should absolutely win the Memorial Cup.

"London has been in the league a long time (40 years). They've had a couple of sniffs (going to OHL finals in 1977 and 1999), but this should be their time."

Stanton said the success starts behind the bench with head coach Dale Hunter.

"They're well coached. There's no doubt who's in charge all the time. They can play it with nonsense, or with no penalties. Dale Hunter has got them totally under control.

"They went into Sarnia (Monday) and took no penalties (while) Sarnia was busy running to the penalty box," as the Knights won 4-0, scoring all their goals on power plays.

Knights winger Brandon Prust returned last night after missing 14 games with a broken jaw.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 5, Otters 1

London goals: Rob Schremp (4), Corey Perry

Erie goal: Brian Lee

Next: The Knights play the Saginaw Spirit tonight at the John Labatt Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.


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