A Tilbury native continues to prove he’s one of the best.
Brett Brochu of the London Knights has been awarded the Ontario Hockey League Goaltender of the Month Award after leading OHL goalies with a 2.07 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and an undefeated 8-0-0-0 record in the month of October.
The 19-year-old also stopped 11 of 12 shootout attempts on the season. Brochu put forth three different first-star performances against the Owen Sound Attack, including an Oct. 8 opening night 3-2 shootout victory that included 28 saves and four shootout denials. He was sharp against the Attack once again on Oct. 22, making 36 saves in a 2-1 win on home ice. Brochu turned back Owen Sound again on Oct. 27, making 32 saves in a 4-1 road win.
The OHL Goaltender of the Month honour is Brochu’s third in a row, dating back to January and February of 2020 before the season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brochu has now won 17 consecutive regular-season games dating back to Feb. 14, 2020, part of a stretch in which he’s won 30 of 31 decisions since Dec. 29, 2019.
During the 2019-20 season, Brochu led the league with a 2.40 goals-against average to win the F.W. Dinty Moore Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goaltender. His 32 wins that season set a new OHL record for a 16 or 17-year-old first-year goaltender.
As of Nov. 12, the London Knights lead the Midwest Division with a 9-1-1-0 record, good for 19 points and the most in the OHL.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News