Knights cap perfect road trip

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

KINGSTON -- On the day they hand out Oscars to the acting world's best and brightest stars, the London Knights couldn't have been more dramatic.

London sparkplug Jordan Foreman scored with 1:13 left in the third period and David Bolland buried the short-handed overtime winner -- with Foreman in the penalty box, to boot -- as the sizzling Knights rallied for a 5-4 victory over the red-hot Kingston Frontenacs before 2,252 yesterday at the Kingston Memorial Centre.

Thanks to curling's Scott Tournament of Hearts, London embarked on an eight-game road trip and won them all, including a four-game sweep of the usually treacherous swing through eastern Ontario. The tired Knights, who have now won 10 straight games, couldn't have written a more satisfying script when Bolland raced away and popped his second tally of the day -- and 51st goal of the season -- past an acrobatic Danny Taylor, the former Guelph teammate of London starting goalie Adam Dennis.

"It'll be nice to finally go home and get away from these guys. We've spent too much time together the last little while," Bolland joked. "After the penalty, I was like, 'Oh, no, here we go again.' I just told (Dylan Hunter) to flip the puck out and I'd get after it. He (Taylor) was so far back and I just went to the forehand and beat him. They didn't turn on the red light but I think it was because they didn't want to turn it on. I knew it was in."

Bolland scored his 50th goal in the first period to join Rob Schremp as the first teammates to score 50 goals in the same season since Ottawa's Corey Locke (63) and Matt Foy (61) in 2002-03.

In Ottawa on Friday, Schremp became London's first 50-goal scorer since Max Spiridonov in 1997-98.

"Not many guys get 50 goals and 100 points in a season during their OHL careers so it's a big thing," said Bolland, a 19-year-old Mimico native . "I'm keeping the puck. I'm glad to get it done. It would've been nice if one of us got our 50th at home but a goal's a goal. That's the way you have to look at it."

After earning the Knights a big point in the standings by forcing overtime, Foreman was a little nervous when he was sent off for kneeing Kingston's big gun Bobby Hughes. He remembered how he took a penalty to cost London a game against Kitchener last month.

"But when I saw (Bolland) go in there, I knew it was all right because he doesn't miss too many breakaways," said Foreman, who had been foiled by Danny Taylor on a short-handed breakaway earlier in the third. "On mine, I tried (between the legs) because I got him on one earlier in the year like that."

Kingston captain and former Knight Adam Nemeth, whose hustling team blew three two-goal leads during the contest, took solace in earning a point in a game with the OHL's top team. The Frontenacs entered the game with eight wins in their last 10 games.

"It hurts to lose like that when you're leading for nearly 59 minutes," Nemeth said. "We're happy with the way we played for most of the game and we're going to have to take that and go with it. But every point counts in the Eastern Conference and we've played pretty well against the better teams in the league this year. We're right there.

The Knights, whose forwards rarely get caught up ice, surprisingly surrendered several odd-man rushes and even a three-on-zero breakaway that Dennis stopped.

"It's a big ice and they're a free-wheeling team," Foreman said. "They played well but we're never going to give up. We had good things happen for us last year and we're doing it again. It doesn't matter how much time is left on the clock. We buzzed around late in the third period and we know we have what it takes to score at any time. It's just a matter of baring down and doing it."

London assistant coaches Jacques Beaulieu and Jeff Perry ran the Knights bench while head coach Dale Hunter served the final game of his two-game suspension for the four consecutive fights that occurred in the first eight seconds of the Knights' 4-2 win in Peterborough Thursday.

London spent all day Saturday in Kingston and went to a local theatre to watch a movie -- Bruce Willis' action flick 16 Blocks -- and then the Knights plowed through a team dinner at The Keg.

"We just relaxed and took it easy," Dennis said. "The day off and not playing Friday (in Ottawa) gave me a chance to study the Kingston shooters. I had tape (of the Frontenacs' win against Belleville Friday night) and it helps you prepare a little bit more when you have the time."

GAME GLANCE

Knights 5, Frontenacs 4 (OT)

London goals: David Bolland (2), Dylan Hunter, Josh Beaulieu, Jordan Foreman

Kingston goals: Bobby Hughes, Radek Smolenak, Connor Cameron, Cory Emmerton

Next: The Knights finally return home from their eight-game road trip to face the Owen Sound Attack on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.

KNIGHTS' 8-GAME ODYSSEY

Feb. 18: 2-1 shootout win at Sault

Feb. 19: 4-3 win at Saginaw

Feb. 24: 8-5 win at Sarnia

Feb. 25: 3-2 shootout win at Plymouth

March 1: 2-0 win at Belleville

March 2: 4-2 win at Peterborough

March 3: 5-2 win at Ottawa

March 5: 5-4 overtime win at Kingston


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