Perry tip-in lifts Knights

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

The London Knights travelled 3,552 kilometres to pick up eight straight wins on their recent road odyssey.

But London's Adam Perry required just one metre of space in front of the Owen Sound net to pot the winning goal and cement the Knights' first home win in three weeks -- and 11th straight victory -- in a 4-3 decision over the Attack before 9,090 last night at the John Labatt Centre.

Perry tipped Rob Schremp's power-play point shot through Owen Sound goalie Michael Ouzas's legs for the lone goal of the third period as the Knights won their first game at home since the Scott Tournament of Hearts swept them out of town after a 4-1 victory over Peterborough on Feb. 17.

"Rob got it into my tipping zone and that made all the difference," Perry said of his 26th goal of the season. "It's a lot easier to tip them when the puck is two or three feet off the ice than when it's way up high. Owen Sound did a good job against our power play, so it was nice to get one there.

"We definitely needed it."

London also needed goalie Adam Dennis, who increased his OHL single-season record with his 43rd win and stopped Owen Sound rookie forward Marcus Carroll on a third-period penalty shot after he was hooked by Schremp on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Attack tried in vain to get defenceman Andrej Sekera, who had already scored twice, to take the penalty shot. But the 17-year-old Carroll tried to go high blocker and was denied by the 21-year-old Dennis.

"I was glad it was No. 21 (Carroll) taking it because he was a pest all night and was really chirping at me," the Knights goalie said. "Penalty shots are all timing and I've been in a good rhythm lately. We work on it a couple of times a week in practice and I have great guys shooting at me all the time."

London's David Bolland scored twice to pass Schremp and Owen Sound's Mike Angelidis for the OHL goal lead with 53, but also missed a good portion of the game after being hit with a 10-minute misconduct for arguing a diving call.

"I've been on a tear (for penalties) lately, but I have to be more careful," Bolland said.

"If someone whacks me, I have to make sure nobody's watching if I'm going to jab him back," Bolland said. "It was a frustrating game and it was weird to be in the box at the same time as Rob Schremp because usually one of us is on the ice.

"We're going to have games like that and we need guys to step up when something like that happens."

There may be some bad blood boiling over tonight when the teams play again in Owen Sound. In the final minutes, Jordan Foreman tripped irate Attack tough guy Theo Peckham during a stoppage of play and got a quick ejection for reacting to the penalty call.

Owen Sound coach Mike Stothers, whose team nearly bagged the equalizer in the dying seconds in a scrum in front of the London net, thought his club showed character in battling from a 3-1 deficit and giving themselves a chance to win at the unfriendly JLC.

"I thought it was a great game and we put in a good effort against the best team in the league," he said. "We knew this was going to be a tough weekend and we're looking at it like London won the first three periods, but there's another game to go."

With defenceman Frank Rediker out for the rest of the regular season with a dislocated elbow, veteran London forward Trevor Kell is filling in on the blue-line.

London will have defenceman Andrew Wilkins on a full-time basis the rest of the season now the London Nationals' junior B season is over. The Knights also have prospect Corbin Crawford, who played seven games earlier this year, at their disposal.

GAME GLANCE

Knights 4, Attack 3

London goals: David Bolland (2), Jamie VanderVeeken, Adam Perry

Owen Sound goals: Andrej Sekera (2), Bobby Ryan

Next: The Knights head to Owen Sound today to complete a home-and-home series with the Attack at 7:30 p.m. London is then home against the Erie Otters tomorrow at 6 p.m.

KNIGHTS 4

ATTACK 3


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