Reece Proulx stopped all 29 shots he faced to set the stage for a Team NOHA showcase-opening victory on Wednesday morning as they shut down the ALLIANCE Finalist London Jr. Knights 3-0.
Gavin Brown (1) opened the scoring with 51 seconds left in the second period, a goal that would give NOHA momentum for the third as defencemen Pacey Schlueting (1) and Spenser Dickson (1) added third period markers to put things out of reach.
“I’ll give a lot of credit to the guys in front of me,” said Proulx with a smile. “They all did their jobs and that makes the work easier for me.”
David Campbell picked up two assists as NOHA, who played responsible defensively with three ties in the event last year, continued their solid two-way approach.
“It’s great to come here and show people how we play in the north,” added Proulx. “There’s a lot to play for here and I thought our team looked pretty good today considering it’s our first game together.”
The win marks the first time Team NOHA has shutout an opponent since they blanked Southern Tier 4-0 in 2016.
London outshot Team NOHA 29-26 as George Diaco led all Jr. Knights with four shots on goal.
Team NOHA looks to continue its strong start against the Vaughan Kings at 7:30pm while the Jr. Knights try and rebound against Peterborough at 5:45pm.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
NOHA – Reece Proulx (29 SV, SO)
London – Jacob Chantler (1 SOG, 11/15 FO)
NOHA’s Pacey Schlueting scores to make it 2-0.
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