Forty saves from 17-year old Brett Brochu helped the London Knights to win their third game in a row on Friday night at Budweiser Gardens.
London defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 3-1 in the first game of 2020 for both teams.
Brochu kicked out 10 shots in the first period, 12 in the second period and then 19 more in the third period and was named the game’s first star.
Tonio Stranges scored the first goal of the game on a good read in the defensive zone. He saw Mississauga defenceman Thomas Harley caught deep in the London end and helped to create a 2-on-1 the other way.
Stranges then snapped a shot past Kai Edmonds in the Steelheads net for his 16th goal of the year, giving the Knights a 1-0 advantage through 20 minutes.
Avery Winslow sent a slick pass to the front of the Steelheads’ net and Nathan Dunkley got it across the goal line to make it 2-0 London at 5:16 of the second period. Ryan Merkley then set up Jonathan Gruden just under nine minutes later and the Knights led by three heading into the third.
Mississauga’s only goal came on a deflection in front of Brochu just past the midway mark of period three as Nick Isaacson redirected a puck across the London goal line.
The game was played in just two hours and 12 minutes and featured only six minor penalties and just three power play opportunities.
The Knights were 0-for-1 with the man advantage and killed off both Steelheads chances.
London will be in Flint on Saturday night at 7 p.m.