Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Michael Giugovaz of the Guelph Storm is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 17 after posting a 2-0-0-1 record with a shutout victory along with a goals-against-average of 1.89 and save percentage of .945.
Giugovaz becomes the fifth goaltender to earn the weekly honour after making an impressive 104 saves in three games helping the Storm collect five of a possible six points last week. He began the week posting his first shutout of the season on Wednesday with a 32-save performance earning first star honours in the 3-0 victory over the London Knights. Two days later Giugovaz earned first star honours again backstopping the Storm to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Owen Sound Attack. In that Friday night contest, Giugovaz made 37 saves in 65 minutes of playing time then stopped all nine Attack shooters to pick up his fifth straight January win. His week wrapped up Sunday with a 35-save effort despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Peterborough Petes helping his club earn their 11th point in seven games matching their total output through the first 35 games of the 2015-16 season.
A 20-year-old from Brampton, ON, Giugovaz is playing in his fourth career OHL season and first with the Storm after being acquired in November from the Windsor Spitfires. In 13 appearances with the Storm, the overage netminder carries a 6-3-1-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.59 and save percentage of .925.
Also considered for the award this week were a pair of Arizona Coyotes prospects including Ryan MacInnis of the Kitchener Rangers and Christian Dvorak of the London Knights. MacInnis scored once with four assists for five points in two games, while Dvorak scored four goals with two assists for six points in three games. In addition, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny of the Sarnia Sting continued to buzz with his new team scoring twice with four assists for six points in three games.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Michael Giugovaz (Guelph Storm)
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
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)