Bolland powers Knights' victory

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

BRAMPTON -- The new rules in hockey are supposed to be designed to promote comeback victories.

Not against the London Knights, they don't.

London got two more goals from red-hot David Bolland and Rob Schremp to pick up its fifth straight OHL win, 7-3 over the Brampton Battalion, before 1,154 fans last night at the Powerade Centre.

The Knights, who climbed above the .500 mark for the first time this season, haven't trailed in a game since they were down 2-1 in the first period Oct. 6 against the Barrie Colts at the John Labatt Centre -- a game London came back to win 5-2.

Since then, London has jumped to early leads in wins over Ottawa, Windsor and Brampton. Though the Battalion managed to fight out of their foxhole and tie it twice, the Knights were able to respond each time and never fell behind.

"The kids have done well," said Knights head coach Dale Hunter. "It's one of those things. As a coach, you like to see (fast starts)."

Tied 3-3 in the second period, Bolland scored his second of the game and 13th of the season -- his ninth on the power play -- and Schremp added an insurance marker with the man advantage to start the third period.

Sergei Kostitsyn and Matt Clarke also scored to bury the Battalion.

The Knights went 3-for-11 with the extra man.

"Teams are coming after Dylan (Hunter), Robbie and I -- we've been putting up some points, so they have to try something," Bolland said. "But we'll take the power plays. We'll do our damage when they take penalties anytime."

Bolland, 19, who lines up on defence and works the point, is a major reason why the Knights again have the most productive power play in the OHL. He picked up four points in the game and continues to lead in scoring. Schremp also finished with four points and has five goals in four games.

"You can't replace players like Corey Perry and Danny Fritsche, but they still have the best power play in the league -- definitely the best we've seen in our first seven games," said Battalion coach Stan Butler.

The Battalion also showed little restraint and shot themselves in the skates by taking needless penalties that erased five power-play opportunities -- three to Czech defenceman Tomas Stryncl.

When the second period ended, a visibly frustrated Butler had heated words with referee Joel Washkurak.

"We've done that a few times this year and it's a maturity thing," Butler said. "Sometimes the guys get impatient and want to make the play right away instead of taking the 12 seconds you need to set it up."

The Knights had a scare in the second when Brampton forward Brock McPherson bowled over London goalie Adam Dennis on a shorthanded breakaway, picking up an interference penalty. Dennis remained in the game and made 35 saves for his fifth straight win.

"I'm OK," Dennis said. "With our team and the talent we have on offence, we want to be able to draw penalties any way we can."

The Knights lost Londoner Scott Aarssen, a steady defenceman, late in the game with a charley horse.

Battalion goalie and Washington Capitals draft pick Daren Machesney of Lambeth fell to 3-3, making 33 saves.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 7, Battalion 3

London goals: Rob Schremp (2), David Bolland (2), Robbie Drummond, Sergei Kostitsyn, Matt Clarke

Brampton goals: Howie Martin (2), Jason Cassidy

Next: London faces the Windsor Spitfires tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.


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