Knights' Major bash enjoy Majors

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

First, a thirsty Rob Schremp took a presumptuous swig from Toronto goalie Wayne Savage's water bottle during a stoppage in play.

Then, his goal-hungry London Knights sat down for a seven-course meal against the appetizing Majors.

Three months after beating the Majors 14-6 in Toronto, the Knights scored five times in the second period and rolled to a 7-3 victory in the rematch before 9,090 last night at the John Labatt Centre.

Schremp, the OHL's leading scorer, was nailed for a 10-minute misconduct by referee Carman Cox in the first period for daring to drink from the opposition well.

London captain Dylan Hunter scored twice and hard-working Jordan Foreman picked up three assists for the winners, who improved to 30-10-0-2 on the season.

Savage, an 18-year-old St. Thomas native who remained in net for all 14 goals in the first meeting, surrendered seven tallies in two periods before a mercy pulling from Majors head coach Bud Stefanski.

Backup Mark Kubicz played a scoreless third period.

The JLC has not been kind to Savage, who stopped 56 of 60 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Sudbury Thursday. He was pulled after one period in a 5-1 loss here last year.

Fisticuffs were the sure sign there were some bad feelings lingering from London's earlier blowout win. London's Josh Beaulieu took on Toronto's Michael Haley in a heavyweight tilt less than five minutes into the game and Knights forward Kris Belan tangled with Andrew Shennan.

The Knights took 11 minutes before the game to honour retired assistant trainer Brian (Sticks) Dennis for his 30 years of service to the team.

London's second-leading scorer, world junior gold medallist David Bolland, was in the lineup after missing the Knights' 3-2 win in Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday with a bruised hand.

"I just sat out as a precaution until we found out if it was broken because that would've meant a couple of months out," said Bolland, who says the hand has healed to the point where he can grip a tennis ball.

"I hate not playing. If we're playing and I'm not in there, I don't even like watching. I'd rather not even go to the rink and just do my own thing because I don't want to see the guys out there without me."

Barrie star Bryan Little received a three-game suspension for his elbowing major on London's David Bolland in the Colts' 7-5 home victory over the Knights last Saturday. Little continued to play this week while the OHL reviewed the tape of the infraction, and scored twice in the Canadian Hockey League's Top Prospects Game Wednesday in Ottawa.

"I'm not the kind of guy who cares about that stuff and who analyses what the penalty was and how many games he should've got," Bolland said. "I'm not going to worry about it."

The Knight won't have tough rookie forward Matt Davis available to them for the rest of the season. The 17-year-old bumped his head on the ice and sustained a cracked skull during a fight while playing for the London Nationals of the Western Junior B Hockey League last week.

KNIGHTS 7, MAJORS 3

London goals: Dylan Hunter (2), Matt Clarke, David Bolland, Josh Beaulieu, A. J. Perry, Trevor Kell

Toronto goals: Tyler Donati, Justin Donati, Marek Horsky

Next: London travels to Erie today to play the Otters at 7:30 p.m., then heads to Guelph tomorrow to face the Storm at 7 p.m.


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