Knights blow away Otters

STEVE KIPPEN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

The Knights' domination of the OHL continued yesterday in Erie as London pounded the Otters 7-0.

The Knights dominated in both ends of the rink to improve to 56-5-2-0. The Otters dropped to 29-22-6-5.

The Knights' high-powered offence has been hitting on all cylinders lately and has outscored opponents 28-1 in their last four games.

But last night before London could unleash its offence, goaltender Adam Dennis and the defence had to withstand an early Erie attack. The Knights were forced to kill off six Erie power plays in the first period, coming out with a 1-0 lead on Dylan Hunter's power-play goal.

"(Erie) came out really hard," said assistant coach Jacques Beaulieu. "Dennis was tested early but he stayed composed and we were able to weather the storm."

The shutout was Dennis's second consecutive and the team's third in its last four games.

The Knights' goaltending is one shy of the CHL shutout mark of 14 set last season by the Western league's Kelowna Rockets.

Once London got through the first period last night, its offence broke the game open with three goals in the second to lead 4-0.

Beaulieu said he wasn't surprised the team bounced back after the early penalties and got back to executing the game plan.

"We've got an older team and they have plenty of experience," he said.

OHL scoring leader Corey Perry led the offence with a goal and three assists to continue his torrid scoring pace. His four points followed Friday night's eight-point night against Saginaw and moved him to within two of Chris Taylor's all-time Knights career points record of 378.

Perry has 126 points for the season and has five games left.

David Bolland and Hunter each had a goal and two assists while Trevor Kell, Danny Syvret, Bryan Rodney and Kelly Thomson added singles for the Knights.


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