Knights derail road-hot 67's

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

Thanks to the London Knights, the OHL's road warriors finally hit a major pothole.

High-flying London forward Rob Schremp scored twice and Trevor Kell picked up four assists as the Knights handed the Ottawa 67's their first road loss 7-4 before 9,090 spectators last night at the John Labatt Centre.

After losing its first four games, London has now won three straight and stopped Ottawa's impressive four-game road win streak to start the season.

"We've got the power play together (the Knights were four-for-eight with the man advantage) and it's a nice feeling," Schremp said. "We felt like we laid back in the second period and Dale (Knights head coach Dale Hunter) kind of gave it to us in the intermission. But we came out in the third and stepped on the gas."

With the score tied 4-4 in the third, Schremp undressed Londoner and Ottawa rookie forward Logan Couture and roofed the puck over first-year goalie David Scamurra. It was an answer to an equally creative marker by 67's forward Bryan Bickell in the second period that threatened to steal the highlight reel.

"You can't let that happen," Schremp, the 19-year-old Edmonton Oilers prospect, said with a laugh. "It was a rookie mistake by their goalie going down like that but that happens. We were a little surprised it wasn't (veteran over-age goalie Danny) Battochio in there against us but whatever."

Ottawa head coach Brian Kilrea rested Battochio, last year's OHL playoff and Memorial Cup star who had already played in Ottawa's first six games.

"This was our third road game in three nights so it was a little bit tough," Bickell said. "We hung in there, we had a hot start on the road but London played well and Schremp scored a nice goal there."

The battle of last year's two OHL finalists and Memorial Cup participants was an entertaining affair with several subplots. Ottawa castoff Jamie VanderVeeken finished a gorgeous feed from Sergei Kostitsyn to give the Knights a 4-2 lead in the second period.

"It was confusing to me when they released me this summer," VanderVeeken said, "but it's worked out. They always have a good team and we're on a roll now. There's a great atmosphere, we're winning and having a lot of fun."

It was the veteran Kell's first four-assist game in the OHL and he didn't realize he had that many helpers until after the contest.

"I was surprised but with Rob Schremp, you just give him the puck in the neutral zone and he'll go in and score a goal," the 19-year-old Thunder Bay native said. "It was a good game and we just had a little more gas than Ottawa. We knew it was three in a row for them and we took advantage of it. That's what you have to do."

After dropping their first two games at home, London has rebounded to win their next three at the JLC. They have yet to win on the road but have their best chance tomorrow afternoon in Windsor against the struggling Spitfires.

Although Couture had a critical defensive zone breakdown, the impressive 16-year-old scored Ottawa's first goal and played a load of minutes -- even strength, power play and penalty kill.

With family and friends looking on, he popped his third goal of the season on a flukey shot that handcuffed Knights goalie Adam Dennis.

Bickell, a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick who finished the game with three points, gave Ottawa life in the second period when he broke in one-on-two, flipped the puck over London defenceman Frank Rediker's stick and batted it past Dennis.

Ottawa tied it early in the third when Derek Joslin's point shot hit Knights defenceman Ryan Martinelli's skate and went past Knights goalie Adam Dennis.

But Schremp's goal and two more on the power play by Dylan Hunter (his fourth in three games) and David Bolland (his team-leading ninth) put the game away.

"It's always nice to get out there and score goals," said Schremp, who had three assists on Friday night against Barrie in his season debut. "That first one always feels good."

But it was the second one -- the game winner -- that people will be talking about for a while.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 7, 67's 4

London goals: Sergei Kostitsyn, Josh Beaulieu, Rob Schremp (2), Jamie VanderVeeken, Dylan Hunter, David Bolland

Ottawa goals: Logan Couture, Aaron Alphonso, Bryan Bickell, Derek Joslin

Next: London heads to Windsor tomorrow to face the Spitfires at 2 p.m.


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