Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Jake Smith of the North Bay Battalion is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 20 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.28 and save percentage of .944.
Smith becomes the fourth goaltender to earn the award this season stopping 68 shots in three games while backstopping the Battalion to three wins against Central Division opponents. His play between the pipes has helped the Troops enter the Holiday Break as one of the league’s hottest teams with five-straight wins and a hold on third place in the Division with 37 points. On Thursday night Smith made 26 saves and earned second star honours in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Mississauga Steelheads, then turned aside 19 shots on Friday in another 2-1 overtime victory this time edging the Niagara IceDogs. His week wrapped upSaturday with a 23-save performance as second star of a 5-2 road win over the Barrie Colts.
A 20-year-old from Oakville, ON, Smith is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Battalion after being a ninth round pick by the club in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. So far this season the overage netminder carries a 13-8-1-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.76 and save percentage of .897.
Also considered for the award this week was Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux of the Windsor Spitfires with five goals and one assist for six points in two games, and Artem Artemov of the Saginaw Spirit with three goals and five assists for eight points in three games.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Jake Smith (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting)
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)