Schremp nets 8 points as Knights romp

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

TORONTO -- Don't look back now, David Bolland, but Rob Schremp is right in your rear-view mirror.

One game after posting six points in an 11-2 pasting of the Windsor Spitfires, the 19-year-old Schremp tied a London Knights team record with eight points (two goals, six assists) in a 14-6 laugher over the Toronto St. Michael's Majors before 1,186 at cozy College Arena.

Schremp's output matched Corey Perry's eight-pointer in a 15-1 demolition of the Kingston Frontenacs last season. He has a staggering 10 goals and 28 points in just six games since being returned to the junior ranks by the Edmonton Oilers.

Linemate David Bolland, who performed in front of Canadian world junior hockey team head scout Blair Mackasey yesterday, had six assists and leads the OHL with 35 points in 11 contests.

"I remember when Corey got eight last year. Definitely, I'm trying to get myself back in the scoring race," Schremp said. "But whoever wins, we're all friends in here and we have some laughs about it."

Thanks to the double-digit offensive prowess of the past two games, the Knights picked up their seventh consecutive win and now have a mind-numbing 56 goals in those victories.

London scored nine times in the third period yesterday and the team's five-forward power play unit victimized Majors goalie Wayne Savage, a St. Thomas native, for nine goals on 18 power-play chances in what felt like a long 60 minutes.

"They have some exceptional players," Majors head coach Bud Stefanski said. "With Schremp, you wonder what he's doing in this league."

London head coach Dale Hunter's insistence on putting his top guns out all game long didn't win him any fans from his opposing bench boss.

"They did that to Windsor, too -- that just shows the class they have," Stefanski said. "You don't have to respect them for that."

For all his point-getting, Schremp, didn't factor in his team's most important goals.

The Knights actually walked the tight-rope between winning and losing for a while, squandering a four-goal first period lead when Toronto exploded for four in the first five minutes of the second.

But London rookie forward Matt Clarke restored the lead late in the second and Dylan Hunter and Robbie Drummond scored the Knights' first two short-handed goals of the season on the same penalty to make it 7-4 early in the third, setting the stage for the blowout brigade.

"Any time you give up shorthanded goals, it sucks the air right out of you," Hunter said. "You're setting up the power play and then the other team comes back and scores on you, that's tough for any team."

"Penalty killing is just hard work," Dale Hunter added.

"The guys know they have to be going when they're out there and if you work like that, sometimes you get a turnover and can do something with it."

London, which scored the first goal for the seventh straight outing, hasn't trailed in five games since being behind the Barrie Colts 2-1 in the first period of their Oct. 6 contest at the John Labatt Centre -- a tilt the Knights bounced back to win 5-2.

"We talked about it in the room after the second that we haven't been the kind of team that falls behind for three years now and it's not the time to start," Dylan Hunter said. "We got a big goal from a rookie (Clarke) and then those shorthanded goals and our power play has been clicking lately. We're getting the bounces -- pucks are going in from every angle and you'll take it when it's like that because it doesn't happen all the time."

Still, taking penalties against London's power-play unit is a lot like committing a half dozen driving infractions while being tailed by a cop. Normally, you're going to end up paying for it.

Discipline is a virtue, but against the Knights these days, it's also a necessity.

Overshadowed but not forgotten in the carnage, London's A.J. Perry recorded his first OHL hat trick and London native Robbie Drummond scored for the third consecutive game.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 14, Majors 6

London goals: Frank Rediker, Rob Schremp (2), Sergei Kostitsyn (2), Matt Clarke, Dylan Hunter (2), Robbie Drummond, A.J. Perry (3), Josh Beaulieu (2)

Toronto goals: Cory Vitarelli, Ryan Wilson, Justin Donati (2), Peter Franchin, Tyler Donati

Next: London faces the Oshawa Generals Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.


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