Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Mike Amadio of the North Bay Battalion is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 21 after scoring seven goals and two assists for nine points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-10.
After setting a new Battalion record with five goals in a single game on February 13, Amadio continued his goal-scoring prowess finding the back of the net in all four games last week as the Troops’ offense exploded for 26 goals in four straight wins over Eastern Conference opponents. Amadio began the week with a pair of first star performances netting game-winning goals in both contests including Family Day in Ottawa with two tallies in a 3-2 victory over the 67’s, and on Thursday at home to Sudbury with two goals and an assist in a 9-1 win over the Wolves. On Friday night he scored his 40th goal of the season as part of a 5-1 road win against the Mississauga Steelheads, then finished the week with another two-goal performance on Sunday netting the game-winner while adding a helper as first star of a 9-3 win over the Peterborough Petes. The win was number 30 on the season for the Battalion who currently hold third place in the Eastern Conference standings with 68 points.
A 19-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Amadio is playing in his fourth career OHL season with the Battalion who chose him in the second round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. He currently ranks sixth in league scoring with 42 goals and 42 assists for a career-high 84 points in 56 games while riding an 11-game point-streak. The third round pick of the Kings in the 2014 NHL Draft is just the fifth player in Battalion history to record 40 goals in a season following Cody Hodgson (40 in 2007-08 and 43 in 2008-09), Evgeny Grachev (40 in 2008-09), Wojtek Wolski (47 in 2005-06), and Raffi Torres (43 in 1999-2000).
Honourable mention for the award this week goes to Arizona Coyotes prospect Ryan MacInnis of the Kitchener Rangers who matched Amadio’s offensive totals with seven goals and two assists for nine points in four games, while fellow Battalion forward Mathew Santos helped carry the offensive load scoring five goals and four assists for nine points in four games. In goal, 2016 NHL Draft prospect Tyler Parsons of the London Knights posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 78 shots with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .963.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion)
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack)
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Matthew Mancina (Peterborough Petes)
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)