BARRIE -- For once, the London Knights were the hunted instead of the hunters.
Barrie's Hunter Tremblay rifled the game-winner over London goalie Adam Dennis's shoulder with 2:21 left in the third period to lead the Colts over the Knights 7-5 before a sellout crowd of 4,309 last night at the Barrie Molson Centre.
"We made a few mistakes and they're probably the fastest team we've played," Knights forward Rob Schremp said. "They came at us hard. My first game back from Edmonton Oilers camp, we played them (and won 5-2 in London) and they weren't that fast. But they've added some good players."
Grinning, Tremblay called his top-shelf goal flukey and said it was nice to beat the Knights after four years of mostly frustration against the defending Memorial Cup champs.
"We went upstairs a lot (on Dennis)," he said. "I don't know why it worked. Maybe he had a bad glove, but he's usually a pretty good goalie."
Schremp picked up two goals and four points and finished a stellar personal weekend with four goals and eight points. The OHL's leading scorer has 90 points in 31 games and played more than 35 minutes last night.
"It takes a while to adjust after playing 10 minutes a game for three weeks at the world juniors (with the Americans)," he said. "I didn't get a lot of ice time (in Vancouver) and when I first came back, it was tough to play 25 minutes a game. But it feels good now to be back in a place where you're appreciated."
Barrie's brilliant forward Bryan Little's 21-game point streak ended after he was booted out in the second period for elbowing David Bolland in the head.
Little, who had not been held off the scoresheet since a Nov. 10 tilt against Kitchener, scored his 100th career goal in his 167th OHL game Friday in Peterborough to become the fastest in league history to reach that milestone.
Armed with three straight power plays, London outshot Barrie 14-3 in the first eight minutes but trailed 2-0 because the home side was able to bury its few chances. The Knights, who are still trying to sort out their defence, surrendered several breakaways to the swift-skating Colts.
"They have a good transition game and we dug ourselves a hole we couldn't get out of," Dennis said. "Their first four shots were all chances and we didn't score. We have to start better."
London's Frank Rediker, who missed 14 games with a sore knee, played his second game since returning to the lineup and had no complaints about how the creaky joint was holding up.
"It feels the best since I had my surgery," the 20-year-old defenceman said. "It's a feeling-out process, you try different things and I think I know what I have to do to to stay in the lineup. I missed seven or eight weeks so it's obviously exciting to be back playing again and I want to stay in the rest of the year."
Recently acquired defenceman David Halasz, who the Knights picked up from Oshawa at the trade deadline but is nursing a bad knee, joined his new team and made the trip home on the bus. London GM Mark Hunter talked to Oshawa forward Kelly Thomson about Halasz before the trade and the ex-Knight gave the blueliner a positive report.
"He's a stay-at-home defenceman. He's a shotblocker and Kelly told Mark that we're going to like him," London assistant coach Jacques Beaulieu said. "He should be ready to go in a couple of weeks."
Now, the Knights face their busiest week this season with a game in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, a Friday night home contest against Toronto at the John Labatt Centre, a Saturday trip to Erie and a Sunday contest in Guelph that has been switched from an afternoon start to 7 p.m. to accommodate Rogers Sportsnet. Also, a game with Guelph Jan. 29 at the JLC has been pushed back from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Robbie Drummond, who is serving a five-game suspension for cross-checking Kitchener's Evan McGrath in the face last Sunday, will be eligible to return to the lineup in Guelph.
COLTS 7, KNIGHTS 5
Barrie goals: Jakub Petruzalek, Ryan Hamilton (2), Matthew Bragg, Nick Plastino, Hunter Tremblay (2), including the winner with 2:21 left in the third period.
London goals: David Bolland, A.J. Perry, Rob Schremp (2), Kris Belan
Next: London heads to Sault Ste. Marie to face the Greyhounds on Wednesday night. The game is a make-up for the Nov. 13 contest that was postponed when high winds prevented the Knights' bus from crossing the Mackinac Bridge.