Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Devin Williams of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 15 after posting a 4-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.74 and save percentage of .938.
Williams made 91 saves in four games backstopping the Otters to four-straight wins climbing into a first place tie in the Midwest Division standings with 35 points and a record of 17-2-1-0. Williams is the third goaltender to earn the weekly honour so far this season and the third Otter to be recognized following last week’s winner Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat. On Tuesday night he made 24 saves as part of a 5-2 win over the Mississauga Steelheads, then entered Friday’s game against the Oshawa Generals midway through the second period in relief stopping nine shots to help fuel the Otters’ 6-4 comeback win in a rematch of last year’s OHL Championship Series. Williams got the start Saturday night against the London Knights and earned first star honours with 23 saves in the 3-1 victory, and wrapped up his week by matching a season-high with 35 saves in a first place battle against the Kitchener Rangers standing tall in the 5-2 triumph.
The 20-year-old from Saginaw, Michigan, is playing in his fifth OHL season with the Otters and currently carries a 14-0-1-0 record leading all OHL goaltenders in wins so far this season. His goals-against-average of 2.31 is also the league’s best while his save percentage is tied for third best at .921. Earlier this season Williams established a new Otters franchise mark for career wins and now has 79 since the 2011-12 season.
Also considered for the award this week was fellow Otter and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome who led the league in scoring for the second straight week with 10 points in four games including three goals and seven assists, and Los Angeles Kings prospect Mike Amadio of the North Bay Battalion recorded eight points in two games scoring three goals and five assists including a career-high six-point performance Sunday afternoon in a 7-3 win over the Barrie Colts.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Devin Williams (Erie Otters)
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Tyler Parsons (London Knights)
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Zach Bratina (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Hunter Garlent (Peterborough Petes)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Zack Bowman (Flint Firebirds)