On a day when both quarter-final matches at the World Cup of soccer were decided in shootouts, the London Knights and the Ottawa 67s decided to join the penalty shot party.
London and Ottawa matched and mirrored each other all the way to a shootout in their first meeting since 2020.
Knights forward George Diaco scored the only goal of that shootout while goaltender Brett Brochu tacked on three more saves to his 31 through regulation and overtime. The Knights won 1-0.
The victory gave London nine wins in their past 10 games.
The teams went through the first three periods with some textbook hockey. They combined for 52 shots on goal and both Brochu and 67s goalie Max Donoso stopped every one of them.
The pair played their minor in the Windsor, Ont., area and came together with back pats at centre ice after everything was over.
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They had matching .893 save percentages coming into the game and their save percentages still matched coming out.
Brochu recorded his second shutout of the season.
The Knights were 0-for-3 on the power play. Ottawa was 0-for-5.
Three London Jr. Knights headed to tryout
The Canada Winter Games are taking place in Prince Edward Island from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25 and three members of the London Jr. Knights are a step closer to making Team Ontario in hockey. Parker Snelgrove, Ryan Roobroeck and Ethan Weir are taking part in an evaluation camp this weekend in Kitchener, Ont. Twenty players from across the province will be selected to represent Team Ontario in the hockey tournament at the 2023 Games.
Mitch Marner’s point streak is now at 21 games. The former Knight scored his 11th goal of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 8 to add to his Toronto Maple Leafs team record. In doing so, Marner passed former Knight Patrick Kane and now sits tied for 23rd all-time with Bobby Hull, Adam Oates and Dave Taylor. Wayne Gretzky has the all-time NHL record at 51 games set in the 1983-84 season.
London will face the Peterborough Petes on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Budweiser Gardens.
The Petes started off hot in 2022-23, going 8-4 in their first 12 games.
Their 4-3 loss to the Kitchener Rangers on Dec. 9 left Peterborough with just one win in their past seven games.
Coverage will start at 6:30 p.m. on 980 CFPL, at http://www.980cfpl.ca and on the Radioplayer Canada app.
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