OTTAWA — Brett Brochu stood on his head and the London Knights served notice first overall in the OHL might still be within reach after beating the Ottawa 67’s 4-2 Monday.
And the 67’s learned all too well — as they did last spring — any road to the Memorial Cup has to go through the Western Conference.
Still, a month before the start of post-season, if the 67’s needed a subtle reminder, well they got it, all in a span of 24 hours on home ice.
The high-flying Knights, the Ontario Hockey League’s hottest team in 2020 — yes, even hotter than the 67’s — rolled into Ottawa, spent a quiet Sunday relaxing while the 67’s battled and lost a shootout to the Western Conference Windsor Spitfires, then served notice first overall in the league might still be up for grabs after all.
“This was my first time playing here and it was a good matchup,” said Brochu, the game’s first star. “It was a fast game. High tempo. Lots of hitting.