Hunter now tops in helpers

RYAN PYETTE, FREE PRESS SPORTS REPORTER

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

London captain Dylan Hunter spent a good portion of his OHL career passing the puck to former Knights star Corey Perry.

But the 20-year-old picked up three assists last night to move past his old linemate and become London's all-time leader in that category with 241 career helpers.

Hunter, who also scored in the Knights' 6-2 victory over Kingston before 9,090 at the John Labatt Centre, said he planned to call his old pal in Anaheim and tell him about his little record-breaking feat.

Though he took more games to get to the mark than Perry, Hunter's unselfish attitude has won him respect in the dressing room and his peers are taking pleasure in his success.

"Dylan is always looking for the pass -- he always wants to set up the open man," longtime Knights teammate David Bolland said. "That's always first in his mind. He wants to move it and set up a scoring opportunity. He works hard in the corners and protects the puck and that's why he racks up all the assists."

Hunter already holds the team record for games played and, barring injury or suspension, will suit up for his 300th OHL contest on Thursday against rival Kitchener at the JLC.

The best news for the Knights right now is that defenceman Frank Rediker feels like a million bucks. The 20-year-old, who has battled a history of knee woes, looked strong on his skates and even got into a rare scrap in protecting goaltender Adam Dennis from Kingston's Todd Griffith.

"I haven't noticed the knee the past two or three games and it's a big relief," Rediker said. "I feel like I'm doing the things I could do when I first came in the league (with Windsor). It was frustrating knowing you could play but having the knee to worry about."

Dennis, who made his 45th straight start in the Knights net, beat his former Guelph teammate Danny Taylor, now Kingston's starting goalie. Dennis is a year older than Taylor and played the bulk of the games when Guelph won the OHL championship and went to the Memorial Cup at Kelowna in 2004. But Taylor was picked by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2004 NHL draft while Dennis wasn't selected until the sixth round of the 2005 draft.

The two engaged in a game of full-ice pass during one third-period stoppage that ended up more serious than it looked from the stands.

"That wasn't a friendly thing," Dennis said. "He shot the puck down the ice at me so I fired it back."

The Knights goalie lost another chance at a shutout six minutes into the third period when Frontenacs forward Connon Cameron scored on a goal-mouth scramble. The goal also snapped London's impressive streak of 37 straight successful penalty kills in which Rediker played a big part.

"We really went after them when Rediker went out," Kingston captain and former Knight Adam Nemeth said. "He brings the experience, that veteran leadership. I thought it was closer than 6-2. It was a lot better than the last few years here."

The Knights have discussed giving backup goalie Steve Mason a start and today's game in Mississauga would be the most likely scenario in the near future. London plays Kitchener twice and Plymouth later this week.

Kingston, which plays in Sarnia this afternoon, had requested a bus with a satellite feed so the team could watch the Super Bowl during its trip home tonight. The bus company fitted the Frontenacs with some stylish wheels but there was one problem -- the bus bore the logo and colours of the Ottawa 67's.

OHL scoring leader Rob Schremp extended his assist streak to a league-best 15 games while Bolland bumped up his points streak to 18 games. Kitchener's Evan McGrath hit an OHL-high 19-gamer last night in Erie.

London defenceman Andrew Wilkins returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion last week in Guelph.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 6, Frontenacs 2

London goals: Jordan Foreman, Dylan Hunter, Rob Schremp, Robbie Drummond, David Bolland, Kris Belan

Kingston goals: Connor Cameron, Bobby Hughes

Next: London heads to Mississauga today for a 2 p.m. start at the Hershey Centre against the IceDogs.

KNIGHTS 6

FRONTENACS 2


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