Schremp's Sting

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Rob Schremp wore the satisfied look of a lumberjack who spent all day chopping away at a tree and finally got it to fall.

With surprising Sarnia up 4-3 late and London's impressive special teams sputtering, Schremp and David Bolland finally struck for power-play markers 25 seconds apart and the re-energized Knights buried five goals in eight minutes for an 8-4 romp over the Sting before 9,090 spectators yesterday at the John Labatt Centre.

Schremp's 15th goal of the season tied the game after Sarnia's Ryan McInerney took a penalty for high-sticking Bolland in the mouth. Bolland's 21st lamp-lighter was the winner and ended Sting head coach Shawn Camp's bench minor for mouthing off to referee Mark Hicks.

"It was relief. I took something like 10 shots before that one went in," Schremp said. "It wasn't anything he (Sarnia goalie Parker VanBuskirk) was doing. He played well, I'll give him that, but he was guessing on where I was shooting. I wasn't hitting my spots. I was trying to be too fine and hit a six-inch area. That happens sometimes. You can't score 10 goals a game."

No, but seeing the Knights' five-man power-play unit perform for any length of time without scoring is like watching the rock band KISS in concert minus their makeup. Something wasn't right.

London was zero-for-six with the man advantage before striking on their only two power-play opportunities of the third period.

"We know enough when something's not working on the power play to try something else," Bolland said. "We talked about it after the second period. They did a good job defending us and we were like, 'OK, let's go here.' It may take a while to adjust but we expect to score on the power play."

Knights forward Robbie Drummond got his first OHL hat trick, wrapping it up on an empty-net goal with 13.1 seconds left. The 19-year-old London native only got two hats thrown on the ice, none of them the familiar sombrero.

"I talked to the lady who throws the sombreros onto the ice just this week and she was telling me she had run out of them so she was hoping no one would get a hat trick," Drummond said.

"It was a coincidence that I just happened to get one. I have a lot of confidence right now. I'm getting five or six scoring chances every game," Drummond said.

There were no hats on the ice when Sarnia's Chad Painchaud scored his third goal of the game eight minutes into the third period to put the Sting up 4-3. Painchaud, which is French for "hot bread," carried the hot stick for the Sting, who were playing their third game in 2 1/2 days. Sarnia beat Oshawa 8-3 on Friday and nipped Mississauga 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday.

"Five goals in the last eight minutes is just straight fatigue," Camp said. "(On his ill-timed bench minor) we told the referee (Hicks) -- and he knew it -- that there was interference off the faceoff. Chad Painchaud was trying to come out to the point and he got hauled down and it was clear. When I spoke to him about it after, he made it personal and gave us a bench (penalty).

"I told him on a penalty kill like that he couldn't ignore that interference off the draw because it created a direct scoring chance."

Sarnia played without 16-year-old rookie defenceman Mark Katic, who is nursing a shoulder injury. The native of Porcupine in northern Ontario and No. 2 pick in the 2005 OHL draft has been one of the Sting's most consistent performers this season and had 13 points in his first 16 games.

KNIGHTS 8, STING 4

London goals: Dylan Hunter (2), Robbie Drummond (3), Rob Schremp, David Bolland, A.J. Perry

Sarnia goals: Mark Lytwyn, Chad Painchaud (3)

Next: London plays Erie on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the JLC, then hits the road for games Saturday in Plymouth and Sunday in Sault Ste. Marie.


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