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ICE HOCKEY: DISMAL GIANTS THRASHED; Giants 0 Knights 5.

REIGNING Superleague play-off champions London Knights cruised into the semi-finals of this season's tournament with a 5-0 romp over Belfast Giants at the Odyssey Arena last night.

London, in maintaining the only 100 per cent record in the group stages with their fourth successive win, never looked back after Randy Perry scored the opening goal at 6.41 - with Mikko Koivunoro doubling the lead on the powerplay later in the first period.

Mark Kolesar's early third-period marker and two goals from Terry Marchant inside the final three minutes compounded Belfast's misery in front of another sell-out crowd, where netminder Trevor Robins finished with his seventh shut-out of the season.

Meanwhile, Marty McSorley's hopes of helping London Knights' push for play-off glory has been scuppered by Sekonda Superleague chiefs.

The controversial McSorley, brother of Knights coach Chris, had finally been given permission by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to play for London.

Knights had been looking to add McSorley to their roster following his one-year ban - the longest in National Hockey League history - following his on-ice assault of Vancouver Canucks' Donald Brashear while playing for Boston Bruins.

But the matter needed to be referred to the IIHF and, following lengthy deliberations, they notified Superleague and London of their verdict.

But the league decided at this late stage in the season and with the play-off finals so close, they would not allow any further registrations with the exception of injured netminders.

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Date:Mar 21, 2001
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