London Knights rookie goalie Brett Brochu may not have made the most saves in Friday night’s game at Budweiser Gardens, but he did come away with the most impressive statistic. Brochu earned his first Ontario Hockey League shutout in a 3-0 victory by the Knights over the visiting Ottawa 67’s.
Brochu made 18 saves in just his third career game as London captured their third win in a row.
Josh Nelson, Connor McMichael and Ryan Merkley did the scoring for London.
Those goals were tough to get – like finding a pin in a haystack tough. It would have been tough to put a pin past 67’s goaltender Cedrick Andree, let alone a puck. The Knights fired 47 shots at Andree through the three periods and he kicked away 44.
There were three-way passing plays and back-door drops that were stopped, but London kept coming and got what they needed to knock off the number-one ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League.
McMichael’s goal was his eighth of the season in five games. He leads the OHL in that category. Merkley had a goal and an assist in the game and now has one goal and six assists through his first three games in a Knights uniform. McMichael and Merkley’s points on this goal gave them 100 and 200 career OHL points, respectively.
London’s power play went 1-for-4. Ottawa was 0-for-6.
A melee after the third Knights goal resulted in one fight and a collection of roughing penalties, so both teams avoided what could have been automatic suspensions had the officials ruled more than one fight in the same stoppage.
London will now prepare for back-to-back games next weekend against Owen Sound and Saginaw.