A big night from Brett Brochu leads London to win over Owen Sound – London

A big night from Brett Brochu leads London to win over Owen Sound – London

Brett Brochu made 38 saves as the London Knights defeated the Owen Sound Attack 5-2 at Budweiser Gardens on Friday night.

The Knights scored four goals in the opening period on their way to their 15th win in 17 games dating back to November 5.

Ruslan Gazizov scored two of the five goals for London. Max McCue had two assists and now has five assists in his last two games. George Diaco also had two assists for the Knights, and Sean McGurn also had a goal and an assist.

McGurn opened a shorthanded breakaway with his 12th of the season. Landon Sim spun to score his ninth goal of the year just over five minutes later and Ruslan Gazizov scored his eighth goal on a power play, adding the year’s number nine seconds after a London lead ended.

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Oliver Bonk added a fifth goal for London short-handed in the second half but Brochu was the big story at the other end of the ice with 18 saves.

The attack eventually untied Brochu as they scored two goals within eight seconds in the third period, but the Knights’ passed keeper closed the door the rest of the way. That ended Brochu’s streak of shutouts after 123 minutes and 51 seconds.

Brochu saved his best stop for Owen Sound sniper Colby Barlow when Barlow connected with a one-timer on an attack power play in the third period. Brochu hit Spread-Eagle and grabbed the puck out of the air with his glove.

The win for Brochu put him at 75 with Tyler Parsons for the third time in Knights history.

The win was also London’s 20th of the season. They edged the Saginaw Spirit to within a point for the top spot in the Western Conference. London has the best win rate in the West.

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Knights forward Ryan Del Monte has been named to Team Germany’s roster for the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championships in Halifax, NS

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Del Monte played for Germany at the World Junior Tournament in Edmonton, Alta last summer. Germany finished 2-2 in the round robin game but lost 5-2 to Finland in the quarter-final match.

DelMonte and Germany meet Canada on December 28 at 6:30 p.m. Del Monte’s father Daniel played professionally in Germany for 14 seasons after playing in the OHL with the Sarnia Sting and the Peterborough Petes. Ryan was born in Freiburg, Germany in 2003.

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Marner’s streak ended at 23 games

It goes into the record books for the 20th longest scoring streak of all time in the National Hockey League. Former Knight Mitch Marner was finally kept off the scoring charts by the New York Rangers on December 15 as New York beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 at Madison Square Garden.

Marner had 11 goals and 21 assists, even finishing with Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafleur by at least a point in 23 straight games. Gretzky holds the NHL record with 51 games from 1983-84.

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London play their last game before the bank holiday on December 17 against the Flint Firebirds at 4pm in Budweiser Gardens.

The Knights and Firebirds split the two games they played each other that year, with Flint winning 6-4 in London, Ontario, and the Knights with a 7-4 win in Flint, Michigan the next night , returned the favor.

Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. on 980 CFPL, on http://www.980cfpl.ca and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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