Knights seem at home on road

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

OTTAWA -- These days, hotel living isn't much different than home cooking for the London Knights.

Whatever city they're in, they just keep on winning.

After beating the Ottawa 67's 5-2 before 9,536 last night at the Ottawa Civic Centre, red-hot London is one victory away from wrapping up its most successful road trip in franchise history.

When they face the sizzling Frontenacs in Kingston tomorrow afternoon, the Knights will try for a perfect eight-for-eight on the road since the Scott Tournament of Hearts swept them out of the John Labatt Centre.

"We're finding ways to win and you have to hand that to our first-year players," London captain Dylan Hunter said. "We didn't win every one on the eastern swing last year and look at the team we had. We have guys blocking shots and doing the little things you need. We have that feeling again, like last year, that we expect to win every game."

London's Rob Schremp, the OHL's leading scorer, struck twice, including his 50th goal of the season early in the second period, which he celebrated by jumping into the glass and then bowing to the Ottawa fans behind the Knights bench.

"They (the fans) were pretty annoying," Schremp said as he removed tape from his lingering ankle injury. "Only half of the area behind our bench is glass -- it's like Kitchener in the penalty box -- so you can hear everything they're saying and they were really giving it to me. All I can do is go out there and keep scoring goals."

Schremp gave the milestone puck to his father, who collects such items and stores them for his son.

"He knows I don't appreciate it now, but someday I'll want to have that stuff," said the 19-year-old native of Fulton, N.Y.

"I'm glad I got 50. It was a goal. It would've been nice to get it in Peterborough (his personal 50th game of the season) but whatever, I'll take it."

London rookie goalie Steve Mason won his fourth straight game and has beaten some pretty good puckstoppers along the way -- Kitchener's Dan Turple, Peterborough's David Shantz and, now, Ottawa's Danny Battochio.

"He (Battochio) is the reason why that Ottawa team went to the Memorial Cup last year and he never gives up on any puck until it's behind him," Mason, a 17-year-old Oakville native said.

"It's always nice to win when you face a guy like that. Our guys were blocking shots and they got me the lead and when that happens, you know you can make some mistakes and it's going to be all right."

London forward David Bolland said he had a shiver down his spine when he arrived at the Civic Centre, where the Knights played last year in the OHL final.

"You got the feeling again that it's a big game," the Knights star said. "It's always a good one when you come in here."

KNIGHTS 5, 67's 2

London goals: Rob Schremp (2), Kris Belan, Jordan Foreman, David Bolland

Ottawa goals: Jamie McGinn, Chris Hulit

Next: The Knights close out their eastern Ontario swing and eight-game road trip tomorrow in Kingston against the Frontenacs at 2 p.m.


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