Knights playing with attitude

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Here's a shuddering thought for the 19 teams in the OHL.

The air of invincibility which partly defined the London Knights during their record season in 2004-05 has charged back into the team's collective psyche.

They weren't supposed to be an overly great group, yet after opening with four losses, the Knights have won their past seven games.

The defending Memorial Cup champions are in first place in the Midwest Division, one point up on the Guelph Storm.

"We're getting that attitude again," said forward Rob Schremp, who has 28 points in six games since being sent back by the Edmonton Oilers.

"I can't say we're going to break records again but we still have a lot of talent. I think we can have another good year here."

Mimico native David Bolland is making a strong run at Canada's world junior squad, and leads the OHL with 35 points in 11 games.

Sergei Kostitsyn is a top rookies with 24 points in 11 games.

Goalie Adam Dennis has not put up super numbers, but when the team in front of you just finished a weekend in which it scored seven, 11 and 14 goals in three games, it's not necessary to be dead perfect.

Some Knights players who barely got on the ice last season learned a lot by watching. Now they are contributing.

"You have guys like Schremp and Bolland who are carrying the load, but the whole team to a man has picked it up," sophomore defenceman Steve Ferry said. "It feels a lot like last year again. Everyone is having a lot of fun."

BRIEFLY

Owen Sound Attack brass is showing no favourites. It suspended Attack star Bobby Ryan and rookie Jeff Moor one game each for chewing tobacco on the team bus ... Brampton Battalion overage winger Brock McPherson was scheduled to have surgery on his right ankle yesterday. McPherson, a valuable piece in the Battalion dressing room, broke his ankle against the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday and is out indefinitely ... The Battalion traded first-year defenceman Miles Cope to the Attack for a sixth-round pick in 2008 ... The tier-II Streetsville Derbys will play host to the 2006 Royal Bank Cup, next May 6-14, at the Powerade Centre in Brampton.


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