Dennis saves Knights

JIM CRESSMAN, RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:04 PM ET

Adam Dennis can certainly be a menace whenever he straps on his goalie gear.

A night after a second straight shootout defeat at the hands of Ryan MacDonald and the Guelph Storm, London's godsend of a goaltender kicked aside 43 shots, including a last-second flurry of chances, as the Knights held off the Owen Sound Attack 3-2 before 9,090 last night at the John Labatt Centre.

"As a goalie, you thrive on seeing a lot of pucks -- it's a lot better than seeing 15 or 20 shots a game," said Dennis, whose team was outshot 45-15 on home ice by the hard-charging Attack. "You have to keep an even keel no matter what happens the night before. You hate to lose in the shootout but we've played some close games lately and we have to learn how to win those one-goal games.

"It's only going to get tighter."

Starting his 17th straight game since returning from the training camp of the Buffalo Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, Dennis rarely was caught out of position and surrendered few rebounds.

Leading Owen Sound scorer Bobby Ryan ended Dennis's bid for his first shutout with 5:07 left in the game, potting a rebound on a delayed penalty. After Mike Angelidis's goal with 42 seconds left, the visitors pressed for the equalizer but Dennis robbed sniper Jeff Kyrzakos with his left pad to preserve London's first win in three games.

"You try not to think about the shutout, but you can't help it sometimes," Dennis said with a grin. "Owen Sound was a desperate hockey club and they came after us. They're a good team and we wanted to beat them because they beat us twice early in the season (before he and Rob Schremp returned to the Knights)."

After an off-night against Guelph, Schremp scored two third-period goals to give London its second 20-goal scorer (along with top marksman David Bolland) in the team's 21st game.

"It's ridiculous when Adam's on his game. That's why we have him in there," said Schremp, who had an assist.

"We don't want to knock anyone down, but we just played two of the better teams in the league. It was a tough two nights."

Offence, long London's signature strength, hasn't been as dazzling the past few outings. After scoring 111 goals in their first 17 games, the Knights have connected for only seven goals in their past three tilts.

"We were two-for-four on the power play, that's 50 per cent, but team's aren't taking as many penalties against us," Schremp said.

Guelph and Owen Sound are both good skating clubs and were able to play disciplined hockey and limit the number of unnecessary penalties called for clutching and grabbing.

"Why would you want to give them any more chances than they already have," Owen Sound head coach Mike Stothers said. "That's a whale of a hockey team. I thought we played an excellent road game but Dennis made a lot of good saves and didn't allow us many second chances."

London heads to Erie tonight to finish up its first bout of three games in three nights this season while Owen Sound heads home for league-leading Peterborough tonight and Ottawa tomorrow.

Ryan, the impressive second overall pick by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in this past summer's NHL draft, is third in OHL scoring behind Bolland and Schremp.

KNIGHTS 3, ATTACK 2

London goals: Sergei Kostitsyn, Rob Schremp (2)

Owen Sound goals: Bobby Ryan, Mike Angelidis

Next: London completes its three-games-in-three-nights weekend in Erie against the Otters tonight at 7:30 p.m.


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