OHL This Week for March 18-20, 2016

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Toronto, ON – It’s the final weekend in the Ontario Hockey League regular season schedule with 21 games remaining.  Keep track of all the latest post-season scenarios with the OHL Playoff Tracker.

Here’s a look at what’s going on around the league:

 COMMUNITY CORNER:

Firebirds raise over $100,000 for local charities in first OHL season:  The Flint Firebirds were busy in the community throughout the 2015-16 season, raising over $100,000 for local charities. Full story

Petes honour Pat Casey for 60 years of service: The Peterborough Petes honoured former player and long-time Director Pat Casey on Tuesday night, recognizing his 60 years of service to the Petes organization. Full story

SuperWolves raise $10,000 for Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer: The Sudbury Wolves have raised a grand total of $10,000 for the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer charity through their first-ever Superhero Night which took place on February 12th. Full Story

Storm raise over $41,000 for Pevs Protects: The Guelph Storm, Pevs Protects and the Heart and Stroke Foundation would like to thank the many Storm fans that participated and donated to the Pevs Protects Night on February 26th against the Kitchener Rangers. Over $41,000 was raised to go towards AED purchases and CPR training in Guelph. For more on the story visitguelphstorm.com.

Spirit host Hockey for the Homeless event: The Saginaw Spirit hosted their second annual Hockey for the Homeless game on Saturdayagainst the London Knights. Special jerseys, ticket sales, and phone bank donations benefitted Rescue Mission of Saginaw and Bay City, Merrill Lynch The Isles Group, and Saginaw Spirit Charitable Foundation.

OHL LAUNCHES OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE AT OHLSHOP.com:

The Ontario Hockey League announced Thursday the launch of OHLSHOP.com, the Official Licensed Online Shop of the Ontario Hockey League.

OHLSHOP.com features unique merchandise designs representing all 20 OHL member teams.  Available items include caps, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and novelty items, as well as exclusive apparel designed for OHL special events such as the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament, Eastern and Western Conference Finals, and Rogers OHL Championship Series. Full story

COLTS’ ANDREW MANGIAPANE TAKES WEEKLY HONOURS:

Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane of the Barrie Colts is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 13 after recording 11 points in three games scoring four goals with seven assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-7. Mangiapane reached a pair of monumental OHL milestones last week scoring his 50th goal and 100th point of the season helping the Colts clinch their second straight Central Division title.  He was named first star in all three contests extending his personal scoring-streak to 10 games including seven-straight multi-point performances to match the Colts’ seven-game winning-streak.Full Story

TIP TOP TAILORS OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 24:

Erie Otters sniper Alex DeBrincat headlines the 24th edition of the Tip Top Tailors OHL Plays of the Week! Be sure to vote for Alex at fanchoice.ca!

GETTING ON THE BOARD: FIRST OHL GOALS IN 2015-16:

Check out the players who have scored their first OHL goal in the past week! 147 different players have accomplished the milestone this season! Click on a player’s name below to watch his first OHL goal!

Jacob BallSamuel Duchesne

ALUMNI NOTES:

Ritchie scores first NHL goal: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate Nick Ritchie scored his first career NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils on Monday. The Anaheim Ducks winger has played in 26 NHL contests this season while spending the other part of the year with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls where he has collected 15 goals, 13 assists and 28 points in 33 games. Ritchie played four OHL seasons between Peterborough and Sault Ste. Marie from 2011-15. He scored a career-high 39 goals with the Petes in 2014, finishing his career with 102 goals, 108 assists and 210 points in 212 regular season games. He was Anaheim’s first round (10th overall) pick in 2014.

Brown makes NHL debut: Erie Otters graduate and 2014 Eddie Powers Trophy recipient Connor Brown made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Brown has 24 points (9-15–24) in 25 games with the Toronto Marlies this season after a solid rookie campaign that included 61 points (21-40–61) in 76 games last season. Brown played three seasons with the Otters from 2011-14, recording 98 goals, 152 assists and 250 career points in 199 regular season games. He was Toronto’s sixth round (156th overall) pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Carrick makes NHL debut: Sudbury Wolves graduate Trevor Carrick made his NHL debut on Tuesday, suiting up for the Carolina Hurricanes in their 2-1 loss to Washington. The Stouffville, ON, native has played in 58 games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers this season, scoring nine goals, while recording 28 assists and 37 points. Carrick spent three years in the OHL with the Mississauga Steelheads and Sudbury Wolves from 2011-14, suiting up in 194 regular season games to record 38 goals, 63 assists and 101 points. He was Carolina’s fourth round (115th overall) pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

48 OHL grads competing in CIS University Cup Championship: Canada’s top eight University men’s hockey teams clash for national supremacy in Halifax this week as a total of 167 CHL graduates, 48 from the OHL, suit up to battle for the University Cup. For more information on the CIS University Cup visit cis-sic.ca.

KEY WEEKEND MATCHUP:

Erie Otters (50-14-1-0) vs. London Knights (50-13-2-1)
Friday March 18 at London (Sportsnet Friday Night Hockey), Saturday March 19 at Erie

The London Knights and Erie Otters have taken their season series down to the wire this weekend, wrapping up the 2015-16 season with a home-and-home set that will determine who comes away as Midwest Division champion. The two clubs have split their four encounters with two wins apiece, but the Knights carry an eight game winning streak into the back-to-back clashes, recently overtaking the Otters for top spot in the Western Conference.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE: 

Friday, March 18
Hamilton at Ottawa – 7:00pm
North Bay at Sudbury – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Kingston – 7:00pm
Windsor at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Flint at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Erie at London – 7:30pm – Sportsnet Friday Night Hockey
Owen Sound at Guelph – 7:30pm
Peterborough at Mississauga – 7:30pm
Sarnia at Kitchener – 7:30pm

Saturday, March 19
Hamilton at Kingston – 7:00pm
London at Erie – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Guelph at Flint – 7:30pm
Kitchener at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
Sudbury at Barrie – 7:30pm

Sunday, March 20
Barrie at North Bay – 2:00pm
Niagara at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Guelph at Sault Ste. Marie – 2:07pm
Ottawa at Oshawa – 6:05pm
Windsor at Sarnia – 7:05pm

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