Perry leads Knights to yet more records

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

Most wins in OHL history -- 55. Most points in OHL history -- 112. On it goes for the London Knights as they added two more achievements to their remarkable assault on the record book last night.

Assault? It's more like a dismantling.

The Knights routed the Saginaw Spirit 12-0 before 9,090 fans at the John Labatt Centre as league scoring leader Corey Perry enjoyed an eight-point night with a goal and seven assists, equalling the team record for most assists and most points in a game.

"I knew about the record," Perry said. "(Assistant general manager) Jim McKellar came in between the second and third periods (after he got seven points in the first 40 minutes). I was trying for it."

Perry got his eighth point on the 12th goal, scored by Josh Beaulieu with 1:42 left in the game, to tie Dave Simpson, Dennis Maruk and Wayne Thompson.

Tom Rowe is the only other Knight with seven assists in a game.

Perry has 122 points, including 44 goals.

He's also closing on the Knights' career points record, which is 378 by Chris Taylor. Perry has 372, with six games left in the regular season.

Defenceman Bryan Rodney scored three goals and goalie Adam Dennis stopped 30 shots for the team's 12th shutout of the season. The Knights are two shy of the CHL mark set last season by the Western league's Kelowna Rockets.

The Knights scored four goals in the first period, including Dylan Hunter's 30th. He also had four assists to give him 95 points, second in league scoring.

Rob Schremp, who scored four goals against Erie on Thursday, got his 38th on a power play late in the first period.

The Knights scored three in the second, including two power-play goals as the league's top power play went three-for-four.

The Knights added five more in the third but there was no attempt to embarrass the Spirit as the Knights have abandoned the junior tradition of players skating by the bench and tapping gloves after scoring.

The end came with the Feb. 4, come-from-behind win over Peterborough, after former Knight Brendan Shanahan suggested it to Perry and captain Danny Syvret when Shanahan was skating here.

"Brendan said set your own tone," Syvret said. "He said just tap each other on the ice and go right to centre for the faceoff as if it's going to happen all night."

Syvret said he's continually amazed by Perry's performance as the world saw what he can do with the puck when he played setup for Canadian linemates Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron at the world junior championships.

The OHL is also getting a taste of that.

"He played with two guys that put the puck in the net every time he gave it to them," said Syvret, also a member of the gold-medal Canadian team.

"Corey took guys out of position, then dished off to them and it was in the back of the net before you knew it.

"We've played with him so long that we know he has the potential to do anything out there. He had six points on the first six goals and it was nice to see him get the two (more) points when he works so hard.

"You see him in practice and some of his moves are so unbelievable."

Perry proved he's a magician with the stick in that February game against the Petes.

When Syvret broke his stick in the defensive zone, Perry handed him his, then grabbed a stick out of a Peterborough player's hands and played with it until heading to the bench.

"I'm just surprised he didn't go down the ice and score with it," Syvret said as Perry handed the stick to the Peterborough trainer, who initially went to hand it back to the Knights bench.


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