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Knights’ Brochu carves out unique place in League history

 

Brett Brochu stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced on Sunday as the London Knights closed out the weekend with a 3-1 win over the Oshawa Generals on home ice.

With his 32nd win, Brochu stands alone with the most victories by a 16 or 17-year-old first-year goaltender in OHL history, surpassing the prior mark of 31 held by John Vanbiesbrouck (Sault Ste. Marie, 1980-81) and Andrew Loverock (Mississauga, 2006-07).

Sunday’s win was Brochu’s ninth in a row, putting him into a tie for the league-lead on the season with Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree. The 17-year-old from Tilbury, Ont. is now 32-9-0-0 with a league-best 2.40 goals-against average to go with a .919 save percentage and two shutouts over 42 games.

Last season, Brochu was named the PJHL Stobbs Division’s Rookie of the Year, playing to 27-11-0 record with a 2.46 goals-against average and .915 save percentage over 38 regular season contests with the Dresden Kings. He went 6-5 in the playoffs with a 2.10 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and two shutouts.

Brochu, who is the reigning OHL Goaltender of the Month for both January and February, was originally London’s sixth round (114th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Chatham-Kent Cyclones Minor Midgets.

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