Knights put 'Hounds down

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Adam Dennis of the London Knights and Londoner Kyle Gajewski, Dennis's counterpart between the pipes for the Soo Greyounds, swapped brilliant saves back and forth for 59 minutes.

In an instant, Knights right-winger Sergei Kostitsyn ended the goaltenders' duel and donned the hero's cape.

Kostitsyn buried a Robbie Schremp rebound with 58 seconds remaining, giving the Knights a nail-biting 3-2 Ontario Hockey League victory over the 'Hounds before 3,437 spectators last night at Sault Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie.

The goal was Kostitsyn's second of the game and 19th of the season.

The game was a makeup for one one cancelled in November when the Knights couldn't get to the Sault, prevented by high winds from crossing Mackinac Bridge, which joins Michigan's peninsulas.

The victory improves the Western Conference-leading Knights to 29-10-0-2, giving them 60 points on the season, four more than both the Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Storm.

Rookie defenceman Corey Syvret had London's other goal, his first of the season.

Kostitsyn's winner came at the end of dominating shift by a Knights forward trio that also included Schremp and captain Dylan Hunter.

"We were cycling (the puck) down low," Schremp explained. "I got away a cannon of a shot, that's what I was trying to do, just shoot it as hard as I could.

"Sergei was in the right spot and put in the rebound.

Gajewski finished with 32 saves, Dennis with 30 -- many of them difficult.

"It could have been 8-8," said Schremp, who had two assists on the night.

"I had seven or eight shots myself that might have gone in any other night.

"Both goalies were unbelievable."

Ryan Kitchen and Matthew Lyall, on the power play, scored for the Greyhounds, who sit in the West's eighth and final playoff spot with 37 points (16-23-3-1), one point ahead of the Erie Otters.

Other than Lyall's goal, which came with 33 seconds left in the first period and squared the game at 2-2, the power play was a non-factor. The Knights went scoreless on eight advantages while the Greyhounds were one-for-10.

With high-scoring Dave Bolland on the shelf -- he stayed home for treatment of his bruised left hand while the Knights headed north -- London's high-enders got extra ice time.

"Our top-end players played really well," head coach Dale Hunter said of stars such as Schremp, Hunter and, of course, Kostitsyn.

"It was a good game, end-to-end. The kids played hard and we were able capitalize at the end.

"So it was a good win."

The Knights are off till tomorrow when they entertain the Toronto St. Michael's Majors (20-17-3-3 for 46 points; fifth in the Eastern Conference) at the John Labatt Centre at 7:30 p.m.


Videos

Photos