Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Hunter Garlent of the Peterborough Petes is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 6 after scoring six goals and one assist for seven points in two games along with a plus-minus rating of plus-1.
Garlent scored back-to-back hat-tricks and earned first star honours in both games played last week helping the Petes clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference OHL Playoffs. He also tallied game-winning goals in both contests including Thursday night as part of a four-point performance in a 7-4 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs, and on Saturday where his 37th goal of the season capped off his second straight hat-trick and lifted the Petes to a 5-4 triumph over the Mississauga Steelheads. The Petes now carry a sixth place record of 30-26-2-4 with an opportunity to still finish as high as third place with six games remaining in their regular season schedule.
A 21-year-old from Thorold, ON, Garlent is playing in his fifth career OHL season and second with the Petes after being a first round pick of the Guelph Storm in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. The overage forward earns the award for the second time this season and currently ranks 12th in league scoring with a career-high 80 points in 62 games played. Garlent also became the first Petes’ player to record three hat-tricks in a season since Marcel Rodman during the 2000-01 campaign.
Also considered for the award this week was Florida Panthers prospect Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs and Petrus Palmu of the Owen Sound Attack for each recording eight points in four games including six goals and two assists. In goal, 2016 NHL Draft prospect Tyler Parsons of the London Knights went 2-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .965.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Hunter Garlent (Peterborough Petes)
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
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)