Schremp too healthy for Sting

Ryan Pyette - Free Press Sports Reporter

, Last Updated: 4:04 AM ET

SARNIA -- Even on one leg, Rob Schremp still finds a way to rack up the points.

The OHL's leading scorer, limping around all week with a sore ankle suffered a week ago in Sault Ste. Marie, scored twice and assisted on three other goals as the Knights beat the Sarnia Sting 8-5 before 4,546 last night at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.

"I needed a game like that for my first one back, with a lot of power plays," said the 19-year-old from Fulton, N.Y.

"The ankle's getting better. It hurt a few times on different (turns), but I'll ice it on and off and try to get ready for (tonight in Plymouth)."

The Knights' David Bolland also scored twice, including a killer short-handed effort with Sarnia looking for an equalizer late in the third period, as London won its fifth straight and handed the struggling Sting their season-high 13th consecutive loss.

Bolland needs a hat trick tonight against the Whalers to hit 50 goals in 50 games, while Schremp now has 47 goals in 47 games.

"Rob's a key part of our team and I think we fed off that a little bit," said

Bolland, who undressed the Sarnia defence and goalie Ryan Nie for one of the prettiest goals of the season to salt it away.

"I gave myself a chance for 50 in 50. It's a long shot."

Sarnia's current sad string started on Jan. 27 with a 3-2 loss to London at the John Labatt Centre, but the Sting broke an earlier nine-game skid on Jan. 1 with a 5-2 home win over the Knights -- Sarnia's only victory in six games against London.

Schremp, who grimaced in pain a few times, wasn't sure before the game if he would be able to log his usual hefty ice time. He missed last Sunday's 4-3 win over Saginaw and his only on-ice activity this week was a brief skate on Thursday.

The Knights also drew strength from the return of speedy Robbie Drummond, who scored twice after missing the past four games after being clobbered by Whalers forward Jared Boll Feb. 10. He said he's not gun-shy about being hit hard again.

"I'm not worried about it -- I'm just happy to be back in the lineup," said the 19-year-old Londoner. "I know I'll be going across the middle of the ice with my head up from now on."

Captain Dylan Hunter picked up four assists to pass Dennis Ververgaert for fifth on the Knights' all-time points list. His first two helpers gave him 100 points on the season, joining teammates Schremp and Bolland.

Knights forward Trevor Kell, one of the team's best penalty killers, didn't play because of soreness but accompanied the team.

His hustle was missed as the Sting scored four power-play goals.

Former Knight defenceman Matt McCready, who was traded along with Steve Ferry for blue-liner Matt Pelech, torched his old club with three assists.

Sarnia played without top scorer Chad Painchaud, who tore a ligament in his knee Feb. 7 in the Sault.

The flashy Atlanta Thrashers draft pick had seven goals and nine points in five games against London this season.

With Knights goalie Steve Mason playing a Western junior B league playoff game for the Petrolia Jets in Tecumseh last night, and Chris Wall in net for the London Nationals, the Knights used London major midget Mason Kalus to back up Adam Dennis.


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