The London Knights were hoping Rob Schremp would score some big goals when he returned from the Edmonton Oilers this week.
How's three assists for a consolation prize?
The 19-year-old Schremp, who signed a three-year contract with the Oilers yesterday, looked positively pass-happy in picking up helpers on two David Bolland goals and one on the third-period game-winner by Adam Perry as the Knights knocked off the Barrie Colts 5-2 before 9,090 last night at the John Labatt Centre.
"There wasn't much of an opportunity to shoot -- some nights it's like that -- so I tried to make the passes and set up my linemates instead," Schremp said. "There will be other nights to shoot. The only guy who might get a goal every game is David Bolland. He's red hot right now."
Bolland scored his seventh and eighth goals as London (2-4) got its second straight win. The Knights' top scorer noticed a definite change in Schremp's game.
"He almost made Edmonton, played how many NHL exhibition games and he's quicker than the rest of us right now," Bolland said. "You could see he had to adjust to us and slow down a little bit. He's our guy on the half-boards on the power play and he's making those quick passes. We've got a new feeling in here, but we're still trying to come together as a team. It might take a few weeks before it all clicks."
Barrie, which had been clicking on all cylinders before last night, suffered its first regulation defeat of the season. Their only other blemish had been a shootout loss to the Brampton Battalion.
The Colts weren't particularly pleased with the work of lone referee Peter Kostyk and felt Dylan Hunter's second-period goal and Perry's winner early in the third should have been disallowed.
"They had one goal with a guy in the crease and another we thought was kicked in," head coach Marty Williamson said. "It was beyond him (Kostyk). We're going to have half of the games (with the OHL alternating between the one- and two-referee system) like this. London's got their guys back, they're going to be a better team, but we knew coming in if we took too many penalties it would kill us and that's what happened."
Hunter, who picked up his third goal in two games and added two assists, said he felt his goal was legitimate and the reason why he delayed celebrating was because he didn't see the puck go in at first.
"I just got in front of the crease there and the puck went off my stick," Hunter said. "I heard them yelling so I knew they were complaining about something, but it was a good goal."
Knights goalie Adam Dennis made 35 saves for his second straight win while Colts goalie Dan LaCosta dropped to 4-1.
Bolland got the Knights started on the second shot of the game 34 seconds into the first period on a sweet pass from Schremp.
Before the game, Knights fans greeted visiting former captain Danny Syvret onto the ice with a warm standing ovation.
"I ran out of moves out there," the 20-year-old Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman said. "I gave a little wave and then I saw everyone getting up so I gave the old 360-degree wave and then I didn't know what to do. It was very nice."
Knights 5, Colts 2
London goals: David Bolland (two), Dylan Hunter, Adam Perry and Sergei Kostitsyn, into an empty net
Barrie goals: Nathan Martine, Andrew Marshall
Next: London faces the Ottawa 67's tonight at 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.