Knights quiet Storm

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Every comic book fan knows Superman's powers always weakened in the presence of kryptonite.

For London Knights goalie Adam Dennis, the shutout bid has the same effect.

The 20-year-old was 3:48 away from his elusive first goose egg of the season, but Guelph Storm captain Ryan Callahan scored with 3:48 to go in the Knights' impressive 4-1 win before 9,090 yesterday afternoon at the John Labatt Centre.

"The win's the most important thing. That's what counts," Dennis said after stopping 36 shots in the victory over his former team. "I don't know what I have to do. The guys blocked a lot of shots in front of me. When you have a guy like (OHL leading scorer) Rob Schremp blocking shots -- and that doesn't happen all the time -- then you know it's a big game. It's always good to get a win against those guys."

Dennis has carried several shutout bids deep into games this season, only to have them unravel on one of the final few shifts.

"A guy like Adam, you want to get him the shutout and you feel bad for him when they score late on him like that," willing shot-blocker Schremp said. "He deserves it. He stops everything for us."

Wins and goals have been hard to come by for London against Guelph this year. The Knights won for just the second time in six tries and scored a season-high four goals against the stingy Storm.

Schremp, who picked up three assists, knows exactly why his team struggles offensively against Guelph.

"I never score against them and it's Macker (Guelph goalie and ex-Knight Ryan MacDonald)," Schremp said. "He knows every angle on us and knows exactly where we're going to shoot. We shot on him in practice for two years, so that's going to happen."

London captain Dylan Hunter opened the scoring with his 100th OHL goal in his 293rd career game. The Knights' all-time leader in games played had to wait several minutes to celebrate as referees Mark Hicks and Sean Reid huddled together before approving the goal.

"I wasn't worried," Hunter said, "because Rob Schremp came up to me and said, 'That was a goal. No way they don't count that.' "

Hunter, Schremp, Dennis and David Bolland, whose second-period blast stood up as the game-winning goal, now head to Belleville for the OHL all-star game festivities along with Knights head coach Dale Hunter, who'll be behind the bench for the Western Conference. The skills competition is tomorrow and the game is Wednesday night at Yardmen Arena.

Hunter wouldn't reveal which all-star goalie would get the start -- Dennis or MacDonald.

"I'm sure Dale will talk to both of us and ask if we have a preference," Dennis said. "But it doesn't matter. It's just for fun."

Despite the defeat, Guelph remains convinced it has the ability and togetherness to top any team in the playoffs. The Storm had plenty of success against the Knights and Kitchener Rangers this season so they have no reason to fear anyone.

"We always seem to play well against the good teams in the league so we're confident when we bring our best game that we can do well against anybody," Storm head coach Dave Barr said. "But our special teams have to be better than they were (yesterday)."

Fed up with an anemic power play that went 0-for-11 with the man advantage, Barr yanked MacDonald with eight minutes left in the third period to try to generate some offence. The move backfired -- London's Jordan Foreman scored into the empty cage to put the game away and mark the only Knights-Storm game this season decided by more than two goals.

London forward Kris Belan sat out yesterday for slew-footing Sarnia defenceman Tomas Sample in the Knights' 3-2 win on Friday night. The OHL is expected to rule this week on whether he will receive additional games for the infraction or be in the lineup on Friday against Erie.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 4, Storm 1

London goals: Dylan Hunter. David Bolland, Sergei Kostitsyn, Jordan Foreman

Guelph goal: Ryan Callahan

Next: London is home to Erie Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Kingston Saturday at 7 p.m. The Knights play in Mississauga on Super Bowl Sunday at 2 p.m.


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