Montreal Metros’ pitcher Lou Bricknell threw a complete game shutout, and saw plenty of support through the batting order, on his way to a win over the Rimouski Fighting Moose that ended the Lake League Championships and saw the Metros advance to the Bull Cup.
For Bricknell, the win was a sweet payback, after he was edged out in the series opener on September 16 in which the Moose managed to squeak in one run on him in the 7th.
He was replaced by an embattled Alex Martinez, who gave up three more runs, but with the Metros shutdown by Rimouski’s hot star of 2017, Nick Seer, the loss was tagged on Bricknell who started the game and gave up the sole run, which turned out to be the winning run.
Bricknell had to step up his game in August after Metros ace Judson Martel went out with a serious elbow injury that ended his season. He has performed admirably, both during the regular season, where he finished with a career-best 2.55 ERA and a commanding 12-4 record over 151.2 innings, upping his game to a stellar 0.38 ERA during the playoffs at this point.
The Metros will now face the Calgary Inferno, who finished their series against Jacksonville Ravens with a sweep on the 20th.
It is only the second time in Bull League history that two Canadian teams made the Bull Cup finals. The last time was 2015, when the Inferno won the series over Hamilton.