Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 13 with 10 points in four games scoring seven goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.
Ratcliffe recorded four straight multi-point performances last week helping the Storm earn seven of a possible eight points to improve their second place Midwest Division record to 22-12-4-4. All three of the Storm’s victories came against opponents ranked higher in the overall standings including division rivals the London Knights, plus the East Division leading Ottawa 67’s, and the Central Division leading Niagara IceDogs. On Tuesday night in London, Ratcliffe scored twice and earned first star honours in the 7-5 decision against his hometown team. He scored a goal and an assist as part of a 6-5 overtime road win against the IceDogs on Thursday, then produced the same stat line in Kitchener on Friday earning third star honours despite the final 4-3 OT score favouring the Rangers. Ratcliffe’s top performance of the week came Sunday on home ice against the 67’s producing a season-high four points including his first hat-trick of the campaign. The captain earned first star honours in the 8-4 victory and continued his chemistry with new linemates Nick Suzuki and MacKenzie Entwistle who combined for six assists on the afternoon.
A 19-year-old from London, Ont., Ratcliffe is playing in his fourth season with the Storm who chose him in the first round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. He currently ranks 30th in league scoring with 47 points in 39 games powered by 30 goals and 17 assists. This past week he eclipsed the century mark for career goals and now stands with 104 in 219 games played in crimson amassing a total of 182 points. Ratcliffe was chosen by the Flyers in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Watch video highlights of Ratcliffe and the Storm against the Knights, IceDogs, Rangers, and 67’s.
Also considered for the award this week was Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs and Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds. Both players accumulated nine points in three games with Thomas scoring four goals and five assists to Dellandrea’s two goals and seven assists. In goal, Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen returned to the Sudbury Wolves following a gold medal performance at the World Juniors to post a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 45 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .938.
2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)