Brockville, Ontario – The Ottawa West Golden Knights (4-1-1) shutout the Brockville Tikis (2-3-1), 4-0 at the Brockville Memorial Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Mitchel Bown recorded his first career Junior Hockey shutout, making 26 saves in his third start of the season.
Head Coach Steve Sundin said that Bown struggled against Perth in his last start but bounced back today.
“He rebounded really strong today. He made some big saves. When it was 1-0 he made a big save on a breakaway and that kept us in the hockey game. He played an exceptional game.”
After Daniel Goulet gave Ottawa West a 1-0 lead, the Tikis were sprung on an odd man rush and Bown stoned Matt McQuade on the backdoor.
“He really shutout the opposition and I’m really impressed.”
After that, the Golden Knights did not allow many opportunities and finished off Brockville with three more unanswered goals.
“I thought they (Ottawa) did a great job getting the puck out but out wingers need to work on the wall but other than that thought they did a good job.”
Noah Haymes scored his third of the year, Daniel Stratis netted his first and Stef Mellios scored his first career CCHL2 goal.
“It was nice to see Stef score his first career goal. Having him back in the lineup meant a lot to us.”
Due to a suspension, Mellios had missed the Golden Knights last three games. Steve Sundin says he gives them that extra oumph.
“I think enthusiasm more than anything else. He’s a big body and he brings that extra presence to the lineup which me need going into Casselman tomorrow night.”
Tomorrow night in Casselman, Miguel Daoust will get the start in net while Sundin wants his team to play the same as they did today.
“He wants to win there (Daoust) and I think we will get a big game out of him. We need to watch our shifts, make sure we keep them short,” said Sundin about his game-plan for tomorrow
Following tomorrow’s game against the Casselman Vikings, the Golden Knights will play three times next week. You can listen to tomorrow’s game on mixlr.com/owgkradio.