Knights frustrate Generals

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 5:18 PM ET

OSHAWA -- The London Knights are scoring a ton of goals and fuelling a lot of frustration.

Ten days after pasting Oshawa 8-2 at the John Labatt Centre, Rob Schremp recorded a hat trick and the offensively gifted Knights scored the game's first six goals to pound the Generals 9-5 before 2,821 last night at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium.

The Generals' ill-will finally boiled over with eight seconds left in the game when backup goalie Carlo DiRienzo, who allowed three goals on 15 shots in third-period relief of starter Kevin Couture, attacked London forward A.J. Perry after the Knights forward fell on him in the crease.

"He came at me and then two guys jumped on me and everything started," Perry said. "You don't see that stuff very often but they were frustrated. We were beating them and that happens."

A line brawl threatened to break out and Knights goalie Adam Dennis rushed out of his net to engage DiRienzo. But he put on the brakes at the red-line and was instructed to stay back by the Knights coaching staff.

"I was just making sure the situation was under control," Dennis said. "When you see the goalie's glove and blocker come off, you want to get down there and make sure they're not ganging up on our guys. I heard the coaches telling me to stay back but if it got out of hand, I was going."

The on-ice antics fired up the crowd.

Dale Hunter was chuckling on the bench as the referees sorted out the rash of penalties.

"I was just laughing at what some of the people in the crowd were saying behind us," Hunter said. "It was typical stuff. Oshawa was frustrated. The kids get frustrated and that stuff happens."

With 40 points in 10 games, Schremp is back to averaging four points every time he laces up his skates. Some teams in the OHL aren't scoring that many goals a game.

"Scoring never gets boring," he said. "We all want to see what we end up with at the end of the year. It's nice to have four a game but I don't know if you can keep that up all year. That's a tough task."

Oshawa coach Randy Ladouceur said his team's big defence just couldn't match London's speedy forwards or control the expert shooting of the Knights. "You look at Schremp's shots and they're all off the post and in," he said. "I don't think they scored one bad goal against us. I only pulled Kevin Couture to give Carlo a chance to play."

Oshawa had released DiRienzo, who was acquired in a trade with Kitchener for Dan Turple last year, in training camp but called him back to compete for the job again.

It didn't work well last night. London's leading scorer David Bolland scored twice and has 20 goals in 15 games. He's on pace for 90 over the Knights' 68-game schedule. He won't get to play all of those games, however, if he is with the Canadian entry at the world junior hockey championships in Vancouver during the Christmas holidays.

Oshawa's 15-year-old phenom John Tavares scored for the second time against London this season and has 13 goals in 15 games.

London forward Jordan Foreman wrapped up what's known in hockey circles as the Gordie Howe hat trick -- a goal, assist and a fight -- after the game's midway mark. Foreman's goal was a short-handed effort and came on his second breakaway on the same penalty kill against a loose Generals power play.

If it was the last time the Knights play in the Civic Auditorium, it was at least a memorable one.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 9, Generals 5

London goals: Rob Schremp (3), David Bolland (2), Sergei Kostitsyn, Jordan Foreman, Steve Ferry, Josh Beaulieu

Oshawa goals: Cal Clutterbuck (2), John Tavares, Dale Mitchell, James DeLory

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


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