Schremp, Bolland tie at 57

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Rob Schremp and David Bolland couldn't think of a better way for two teammates to end one of the more intriguing OHL goal-scoring races in recent years.

The London duo ended up tied at the top of the OHL heap with 57 goals when Schremp scored twice and Bolland added a single marker in the Knights' regular-season-ending 4-3 loss to the rival Kitchener Rangers last night at the John Labatt Centre.

Entering the game, Bolland led Schremp by a single goal, then set up his buddy on London's first tally, re-took the lead two minutes later and then watched as his teammate knotted it back up with 41 seconds left in the third period.

"That's the way it should be after the way we battled this year," Schremp said. "We didn't care who got it -- we both just wanted to get 50 goals this year. David gave me an unreal pass on the first one. A blind person could've put that one in."

Bolland agreed that a stalemate with his teammate was a good way to finish the season.

"It's fitting to end up like that," the Chicago draft pick said. "That stuff doesn't matter much to us -- we were more concerned about the 50th win because it's a team thing and it's disappointing not to get it. We had three games this weekend and still couldn't get there."

Schremp and Bolland's total of 57 goals is the seventh-best in Knights history. Dino Ciccarelli's 72 tallies in 1977-78 is still tops in London's franchise history.

Both snipers battled through injuries this season, although Bolland's aggravation (a sore hand) related directly to his ability to handle the stick. Schremp hurt his ankle in the season's home stretch but he continued to play and score goals while Bolland got hurt on Jan. 14 in Barrie and missed the following game in Sault Ste. Marie. He then played the next half-dozen games with plenty of discomfort.

"There would be a jolt of pain every time I tried to shoot the puck," Bolland said. "It affected me for a while but it's fine now. We got some rest and we're ready to get going again in the playoffs."

London's Corey Perry led the OHL in goals with 47 last season but there were four 50-goal scorers this season: Schremp, Bolland, Owen Sound's Mike Angelidis and Guelph's Ryan Callahan.

"Last year, you would hope to get one power-play shift per period," Bolland said, "but with the new rules, it seemed like every fifth or sixth shift would be a power play."


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