OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR U16 AAA TOP 10 RANKINGS – WEEK 2

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Week 2 edition of the weekly U16 AAA rankings for the 2022 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2022 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 30 to April 4, 2022 and features 20 teams consisting of talent eligible for the 2022 OHL Priority Selection. All games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, April 4.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

U16 AAA Rankings for the 2022 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 2

Rank:Team:LAST WEEKWEEKS RANKED
1Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)12
2Mississauga Senators (GTHL)22
3Markham Majors (GTHL)32
4Quinte Red Devils (OMHA)52
5Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)62
6North York Rangers (GTHL)42
7Niagara North Stars (OMHA)82
8London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE)72
9Ajax-Pickering Raiders (OMHA)102
10Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (ALLIANCE)1
 Honourable Mention:  
 Markham Waxers (OMHA)
 Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
 Vaughan Kings (GTHL)101

The Quinte Red Devils, Toronto Marlboros, Niagara North Stars and Ajax-Pickering Raiders all climb one spot on this week’s rankings, while the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs join the Top-10 after being an honourable mention last week. The Silver Stick champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens remain at the top of the list for a second straight week.

For more information, visit OHLCup.ca.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

JOHNSTON AND MERILAINEN NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, December 5, 2021

Spitfires’ Wyatt Johnston Named OHL Player of the Week

Dallas Stars prospect Wyatt Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Player of the Week with nine points including two goals and seven assists in two games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-5.

Johnston extended his point streak to 14 games, helping the Spitfires collect three of a possible four points last week. He recorded three primary assists and went 14-for-17 in the faceoff circle in Thursday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Erie Otters. He followed-up with a career-high six points, scoring twice while adding four assists in a 7-5 road win over the Sarnia Sting on Friday. The six points are the most in a single game by a Spitfires player since Josh Ho-Sang put up a similar stat line on Feb. 9, 2014 against North Bay.

An 18-year-old from Toronto, Ont., Johnston leads the Spitfires with 36 points (13-23–36) over 21 games, with a current 14-game point streak dating back to Oct. 28th. The 6-foot-2, 181Ib. centre’s 1.71 points-per-game mark the fourth-highest pace in the OHL. Johnston was selected by the Dallas Stars with the 23rd overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft. He was originally Windsor’s first round (6th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Marlboros U16 program.

Johnston becomes the first Spitfires player to earn Player of the Week honours since Aaron Luchuk last did so in October 2017.

Other players considered for the award this week include San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion who put up seven points (3-4–7) over two victories. Coe leads the League with 46 points (14-32–46) over 24 games. Top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs was also a candidate, recording eight points (2-6–8) over three victories.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)
 

Frontenacs’ Leevi Merilainen Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Ottawa Senators prospect Leevi Merilainen of the Kingston Frontenacs has been named the OHL Goaltender of the Week after he went 2-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average, a .980 save percentage and one shutout.

Merilainen stopped 48 of the 49 shots that came his way as Kingston defeated Oshawa and Ottawa on home ice to exit the weekend as the first place team in the East Division. The 6-foot-2, 160Ib. Finnish netminder stopped all 28 shots he faced on Friday for his first career OHL shutout as the Frontenacs blanked the Generals 5-0. Merilainen was solid again on Sunday, making 20 saves in a 5-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s.

A 19-year-old from Oulu, Finland, Merilainen sits tied for second in OHL wins with 12 on the season, playing to an overall record of 12-4-3-0 with a 3.10 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. He leads all netminders, stopping all 13 shootout opponents he has faced this season to help the Frontenacs win three shootouts. The first-year goaltender was a third round (71st overall) pick of the Ottawa Senators in the 2020 NHL Draft, and signed an entry-level contract with the franchise on June 14, 2021. Merilainen was Kingston’s first round (48th overall) pick in the 2021 CHL Import Draft.

Also considered for the award this week, Flint Firebirds goaltender Ian Michelone went 2-1 across three consecutive starts, making 100 saves while posting his first career OHL shutout on Thursday. Samuel Ivanov of the Soo Greyhounds won a pair of outings, posting a 2.00 goals-against average as the Greyhounds maintained top spot in the West Division.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Roman Basran (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL WRITER’S DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2021

Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson, OHL Images

I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be back in an arena and watching live hockey. There just isn’t anything like it in the sports world.

In prior years, we here have done a draft eligible player of the month. However, just like we did for October, because of the sheer number of players re-entering the draft we have expanded it to include the draft eligible player of the month at forward position, defence and goaltending. So here we go…

FORWARD

It was an easy decision up front and that was Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Jackson recorded eleven goals and eleven assists in just eleven games in November and now sits with fourteen goals and twenty-one assists in twenty-two games to lead all draft eligible players in scoring. Jackson was held off the scoresheet just once in November and produced seven multi-point games. He was recognized by the OHL as the top performer of the month.

We did consider Nolan Dann of the Sarnia Sting briefly. Dann played in twelve games and scored ten goals and assisted on six.

DEFENCEMAN

This could have gone any number of ways but we went with Gavin White of the Hamilton Bulldogs. White scored twice while adding eleven assists in ten games in the month of November. The reason we chose White over the others was his consistency through the month. He was only held pointless twice in those ten games and he only had two multi point games in the remaining eight. You can’t get much more consistent than that for a blueliner. White is a draft re-entry.

Also considered were a pair of Saginaw Spirit defencemen. Pavel Mintyukov had two goals and eight helpers in twelve games while Roberto Mancini had three goals and eight assists. Spencer Sova of the Erie Otters was also given consideration with his three goals and eight assists in eleven contests.

GOALTENDER

Patrick Leaver gets the nod here and it’s a token nod since he will not get the playing time, he has gotten through the first two months with the return of Oshawa Generals number one netminder from an injury. It’s not like he is not deserving though. Leaver posted a 4-2-1 record through November and a .902 save-percentage.

Of course, Brett Brochu of the London Knights was also considered. Brochu had a 6-4-1 record and a .904 save-percentage.

FORWARDS

November – Kyle Jackson – North Bay Battalion

October – Tucker Robertson – Peterborough Petes

DEFENCEMEN

November – Gavin While – Hamilton Bulldogs

October – Ty Nelson – North Bay Battalion

GOALTENDERS

November – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

October – Brett Brochu – London Knights

OHL’s DRAFT ELIGIBLE STATISTICAL LEADERS ENDING NOVEMBER 30 2021

Brett Brochu of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda / OHL Images

I wonder, sometimes out loud, how things might be different had the Ontario Hockey League had played last season? There are players passed over from the 2020 National Hockey League Draft that didn’t get a look from NHL scouts in 2021 because, well they couldn’t give them a look. And now some of those players are taking the OHL by storm.

As I have done for several years now, I look at the draft eligible statistical leaders in several categories from month to month. I usually only look at players entering the NHL Draft for the first time. However, with the number of players re-entering the draft, I have combined them all. That said, I am only including those re-entering that could have been selected in 2021 but were passed over. There are a few re-entering the draft class that were passed over in 2020 and 2021, but I am not including them.

We here at OHL Writers take great care in compiling stats, but we are only human. For official stats always refer to the OHL Website.

Points Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion22142135
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19151934
Luca DelBelBelluzMississauga Steelheads19111223
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs1991322
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting1911920
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack19101020
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm21101020
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s2212719
Brett BressetteErie Otters1981119
Matthew PoitrasGuelph Storm2171219
Goal Scoring Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGGPG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19150.79
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion22140.64
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s22120.55
Luca DelBelBelluzMississauga Steelheads19110.58
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting19110.58
Nolan DannSarnia Sting19110.58
Colton SmithLondon Knights20110.55
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack19100.53
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm21100.48
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs20100.50
Assist Leaders
PlayerTeamGPAAPG
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion22210.95
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19191.00
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs20150.75
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm21150.71
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs 19130.68
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion22130.59
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads18120.67
Luca DelBelBelluzMississauga Steelheads19120.63
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves 21120.57
Evan KonyenSudbury Wolves21120.57
Defencemen Point Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Ty NelsonSudbury Wolves2251318
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs2021517
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit1831114
Roberto ManciniSaginaw Spirit184913
Christian KyrouErie Otters1931013
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes195712
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads1801212
Kirill KudryavtsevSoo Greyhounds2111011
Faceoff Leaders (minimum 200 faceoffs)
PlayerTeamGPFOAFOW%
Owen BeckMississauga Steelheads1938822959.0
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves2225114758.6
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes1949328357.4
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm2137420254.0
Max NamestnikovSarnia Sting1923612753.8
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s2236219353.3
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack1928114652.0
Ethan LarmandSudbury Wolves2235218251.7
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs1942321751.3
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay Battalion2246723650.5
Shooting Percentage Leaders
PlayerTeamGPShotsGoalsSH%
Braeden BowmanGuelph Storm1924937.50
Jonathan MeleeHamilton Bulldogs1816531.25
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19501530.00
Gavin BryantOwen Sound Attack1320630.00
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion12371129.73
Dean LoukasSaginaw Spirit1722627.27
Brett BressetteErie Otters1932825.00
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay Battalion2221523.81
Colton SmithLondon Knights20471123.40
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting19471123.40
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
PlayerTeamGPMinGAAvg
Brett BrochuLondon Knights191135492.59
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm11606302.97
Patrick LeverOshawa Generals16903452.99
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers12720423.50
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
PlayerTeamGPSHSVSSV%
Brett BrochuLondon Knights195955460.918
Patrick LeverOshawa Generals165224770.914
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers124133710.898
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm112722420.890

OHL THIS WEEK: DECEMBER 2 TO 5, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – December is here and it’s Teddy Bear Toss season! Get the latest on what’s happening across the Ontario Hockey League:

Nine OHL players crowned champions of Capital City Challenge with Canada Black:
Of the 25 players that competed at the 2021 Capital City Challenge in Ottawa this past week, nine are champions as members of Team Black following a 5-4 overtime win on Wednesday. Read more

Nine past and present OHL players named to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp roster:
Nine past and present OHL players have been named to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp Roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Read more

Dickinson, McDonnell and Pastujov named to U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster:
Three OHL players have been named to the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Read more

OHL announces Top Performers of the Month for November:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2021 including North Bay Battalion teammates Kyle Jackson and Joe Vrbetic, Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Staios and Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Beck. Read more

OHL announces Academic Players of the Month for November:
The OHL announced Academic Players of the Month for November including Flint’s Ethan Hay, Erie’s Nolan Lalonde, Barrie’s Hunter Haight and Hamilton’s Cole Brown. Read more

OHL announces suspension of team activities for Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club:
In accordance with established protocols, the OHL on Tuesday announced that the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club has suspended all team activities due to positive tests for Covid-19. Read more

Knights, Battalion and Bulldogs included in Week 9 edition of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
The London Knights, North Bay Battalion and Hamilton Bulldogs are included in the Week 9 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. Read more

Firebirds’ Othmann named OHL Player of the Week, recognized on CHL Team of the Week:
New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL Player of the Week with seven points across three games. The crafty winger was also recognized on the CHL Team of the Week. Read more

Petes’ Austin named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
Tye Austin of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Goaltender of the Week after winning a pair of games while posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Read more

Knights’ Evangelista leads OHL Plays of the Week:
Revisiting the top plays from across the Ontario Hockey League this week featuring Guelph’s Braeden Bowman, North Bay’s Brandon Coe, London’s Brett Brochu, Mississauga’s Ethan Del Mastro, and London’s Luke Evangelista. Watch

Behold brilliance between the pipes on the OHL Saves of the Week:
Behold brilliance between the pipes in the latest edition of the OHL Saves of the Week featuring London’s Brett Brochu, Mississauga’s Roman Basran, Oshawa’s Zach Paputsakis, Sudbury’s Mitchell Weeks, Barrie’s Mack Guzda, Peterborough’s Tye Austin and Sarnia’s Ben Gaudreau. Watch

Nine first goals and a shutout in OHL Milestone Moments:
Check out 9 first career OHL goals as well as Samuel Ivanov’s first career shutouts from the past week of action in the latest edition of OHL Milestone Moments! Watch

OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings – Week 1:
It’s time for the premiere edition of the OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings, with the Silver Stick champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens leading the way. Read more / Watch

#OHLDraft prospects on display at Whitby Silver Stick:
A total of 35 competitive U16 AAA teams converged on Whitby this past weekend for the Gloria Rints Memorial International Silver Stick. Watch

Storm’s Walker named Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Men’s Team:
Hockey Canada has named Guelph Storm president of hockey operations Scott Walker as an assistant coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team. Read more

Duncan Schneider commits to Frontenacs:
The Kingston Frontenacs have received a commitment from fifth round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Duncan Schneider who made his debut on Sunday. Read more

Marcus Vanderberg commits to Rangers:
The Kitchener Rangers have received a commitment from ninth round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Marcus Vandenberg. Read more

Tickets now on sale for 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game:
The Kitchener Rangers are looking ahead to hosting the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as the Canadian Hockey League’s top draft eligible talent converges on The Aud on February 2, 2022. More details at kitchenerrangers.com.

OHL Online Media Information Guide available for download:
The 2021-22 online edition of the Ontario Hockey League Media and Information Guide is now available for download. The Guide includes OHL team directories, statistics and standings from last season as well as historical seasons along with award winners. This year’s instalment includes a new layout featuring expanded franchise records as well as an additional section documenting historical 100-point and 50-goal seasons. Read more

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Teddy Bear Toss season gets underway: It’s Teddy Bear Toss time across the Ontario Hockey League! The fur takes flight in Peterborough on Thursday, in Kingston on Friday, in London and Niagara on Saturday and in Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.

Spitfires host First Responders Night on Thursday: The Windsor Spitfires are all set for First Responders Night at the WFCU Centre on Thursday. They’ll take the opportunity to honour former video coach and volunteer firefighter Sean DeMuynck who tragically passed away in the line of duty this past July.

Spirit host Storm for Hometown Heroes Hockey Night on Saturday: The Saginaw Spirit will be decked out as superheroes on Saturday when the Guelph Storm visit the Dow Event Center. There’s a cape giveaway for kids attending the game, and the Spirit will be auctioning off their specially themed threads for charitable causes.

Otters raise $1,025 for men’s health through Movember campaign: The Erie Otters announced that they raised a total of $1,025 towards men’s health through their club Movember campaign.

Steelheads get visit from Indian superstar: The Mississauga Steelheads welcomed a special guest to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on November 18. Indian superstar Dr. Satinder Sartaaj made his way to the arena to meet the Steelheads before their road trip to Niagara. Read more at mississaugasteelheads.com.

Sting set for “Season of Giving” throughout December: Christmas is a time for giving and each season the Sarnia Sting have dubbed December home games  as the “Season of Giving.” With the support of the loyal fans, the Sarnia Sting can give to those who need it most at this special time of year. For full details visit sarniasting.com.

Petes release Pink in the Rink campaign details: The Peterborough Petes have announced details around their 13th annual Pink in the Rink campaign, with Petes alumnus Doug Gibson and Global News sports anchor Meaghan Roy named honourary co-chairs. The Petes have raised a total of $812,099 in the past 12 years and prepare to build on that total on February 5th when they play host to the Niagara IceDogs. Proceeds are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Read more at gopetesgo.com.

ALUMNI NOTES:

OHL mourns the loss of Bob Kilger: The OHL is saddened by the loss of former Cornwall Royals head coach and one-time Oshawa General Bob Kilger who passed away on Nov. 29th at the age of 77. A former Mayor of Cornwall, Kilger coached the Royals to a Memorial Cup title during their QMJHL tenure in 1981 before remaining behind the bench during their first two seasons in the OHL. He is the father of OHL graduate and former long-time NHL forward Chad Kilger. Bob was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Read more on the life and career of Bob Kilger at cornwallseawaynews.com.

Campbell, Kadri recognized as NHL Stars of the Month: A pair of OHL graduates earned monthly recognition in the NHL. Former Windsor Spitfires and Soo Greyhounds netminder Jack Campbell of the Toronto Maple Leafs was named the NHL’s second star for November, posting nine wins, a 1.27 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts. Former Kitchener Rangers and London Knights forward Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche earned third star recognition with 21 points (4-17–21) over 10 games. He’s the first Avs player to post two points-per-game over a calendar month since Joe Sakic last did so in March of 2000.

Niemelainen makes NHL debut with Oilers: Former Saginaw Spirit defenceman Markus Niemelainen made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 Finnish defenceman has recorded three points (1-2–3) in 14 games with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors this season, and got into Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh to see just over 10 minutes of ice. Niemelainen played two seasons in Saginaw from 2015-17 and was Edmonton’s third round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Brown scores in Blues debut: St. Louis native Logan Brown scored in his St. Louis Blues debut on Tuesday, helping them defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout. The 6-foot-6, 23-year-old Brown played four OHL seasons between Windsor and Kitchener from 2014-18, hoisting the Memorial Cup with the Spitfires in 2017. He was selected by the Ottawa Senators with the 11th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, and joined the Blues organization earlier this season where he posted 17 points (6-11–17) over 19 games with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds.

Damiani continuing to produce in year two: Kitchener Rangers graduate Riley Damiani is proving his sensational rookie season wasn’t a flash in the pan. The 21-year-old has 13 points (5-8–13) through 17 games in his second season with the AHL’s Texas Stars. The reigning AHL Rookie of the Year spoke with theahl.com‘s Patrick Williams on the progress of his game. Damiani played four seasons in Kitchener from 2016-20 and was Dallas’ fifth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Read more at theahl.com.

KEY MATCHUPS:

North Bay Battalion at Hamilton Bulldogs
Friday December 3rd – 7:00pm

The top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings meet in Hamilton on Friday night, with the CHL’s eighth-ranked North Bay Battalion battling the 10th-ranked Bulldogs. The Troops feature both the OHL’s Player of the Month in Kyle Jackson as well as Goaltender of the Month in Joe Vrbetic while OHL top scorer Brandon Coe enters the weekend with 39 points (11-28–39) over 22 games. The host Bulldogs have won four of their last five with offensive spark plug George Diaco carrying a nine-game point streak. Hamilton is bolstered down the middle by one of the League’s premier centremen in Montreal Canadiens prospect Jan Mysak who leads the club with 27 points (15-12–27). Overage blueliner Nathan Staios became the first defender in Bulldogs history to earn OHL Defenceman of the Month honours, doing so in the month of November with 12 points (3-9–12) over 10 games.

Mississauga Steelheads at Peterborough Petes
Saturday December 4th – 7:05pm

The Mississauga Steelheads come off consecutive losses last weekend, but remain a top tier club in the Eastern Conference big-time goal scorer James Hardie leading the way. Hardie’s 14 goals lead the Steelheads while first-year centreman Owen Beck was named the OHL’s Rookie of the Month for November. Former first round OHL Priority Selection choice Zakary Lavoie is heating up as well, scoring in four of his last six games while riding an eight-game point streak. The Trout visit the Peterborough Petes, who have turned a corner since receiving Mason McTavish back from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. The maroon and white have won three in a row, improving their record to 8-10-1-0 as they creep up the Eastern Conference standings. Veteran netminder Tye Austin earned OHL Goaltender of the Week recognition last week.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Thursday December 2nd:
Ottawa at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kingston at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Flint at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Barrie – 7:30pm
Erie at Windsor – 7:30pm

Friday December 3rd:
North Bay at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Kingston – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Windsor at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Guelph at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Owen Sound at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Erie at London – 7:30pm

Saturday December 4th:
Sarnia at London – 4:00pm
North Bay at Niagara – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Guelph at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Flint at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday December 5th:
Erie at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Kingston – 2:00pm
Oshawa at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Flint at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Saginaw at Sault Ste. Marie – 2:07pm

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Cole Brown of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hunter Haight of the Barrie Colts, Nolan Lalonde of the Erie Otters and Ethan Hay of the Flint Firebirds have been named Academic Players of the Month for November.

East Division: Rookie forward Cole Brown of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the East Division Academic Player of the Month for November with a 92.5 percent average in Grade 11 studies at Ancaster High School.

Currently studying Grade 11 University-level Functions and Health for Life, Brown’s teachers regularly comment on the amount of effort he puts into his homework and assignments.

“Cole enrolled in the maximum number of courses allowed in the new quadmester model and showed great resilience and perseverance in this accelerated format,” said Bulldogs academic advisor Sean Nicholson.

On the ice, the 16-year-old from Aurora, Ont. has four points (2-2–4) through his first nine games with the Bulldogs. He was selected with Hamilton’s third round (43rd overall) pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the York-Simcoe Express U16 program. He scored his first career OHL goal on Nov. 18th in Peterborough.

Central Division: Barrie Colts centreman and top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Hunter Haight is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for November.

Haight has yet to receive a grade below an ‘A’ to this point in his high school career. The Grade 12 student at Innisdale Secondary School recently completed a Personal Physical Fitness course while studying Advanced Functions, Personal Life Management and a High Performance Athlete Co-op program. By the end of the current semester, Haight will have completed all six of his University-level Grade 12 classes including Data Management, Calculus, Vectors, Advanced Functions and Physics.

“Hunter’s scholastic ability is matched on the ice where he takes on a leadership role,” said Colts academic advisor Chris Cudmore. “He’s clearly integral to his team’s success and continues to excel away from the rink as well.”

The 17-year-old Haight has posted 11 points (5-6–11) over 18 games in his rookie season, being assigned a ‘B’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List. The Strathroy, Ont. product was Barrie’s first round (9th overall) pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs U16 program.

Midwest Division: Erie Otters goaltender Nolan Lalonde is the Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for November, excelling in his studies between Fairview High School and Blyth Academy.

Lalonde has taken on a heavy course-load that includes Grade 11 classes in English and Business in addition to Grade 12 Advanced Functions, English and Biology as well as Public Speaking.

“Nolan has a tremendous work ethic and has committed himself to being a true leader both in the classroom and on the ice,” said Otters academic advisor Jaime Cieszynski. “Nolan has adapted to the return to the classroom, his new home in Erie, and the pressures of his first OHL season while being a role model for his teammates.”

The 17-year-old from Kingston, Ont. has appeared in 15 games this season, going 5-8-1-0 with a 3.72 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. Lalonde was assigned a ‘C’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s November Players to Watch List for the 2022 NHL Draft. He was Erie’s third round (49th overall) selection from the Kingston Jr. Gaels U16 program in 2020.

West Division: Flint Firebirds rookie forward Ethan Hay is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for November, recording an 88.4 percent average in Grade 11 studies through Grand Blanc High School and Blyth Academy.

Hay achieved a 97.2 percent average in Sociology, a 93 percent in English and a 75 percent in Mathematics, drawing high praise from his academic advisor.

“What has impressed me most about Ethan is his work ethic on and off the ice,” said Kevin Keilitz. “When he comes to school he doesn’t waste any time getting to his studies. Ethan was also a huge advocate of bringing a math tutor in to help with players who are struggling. There is no doubt in my mind that by the end of the semester his math grade will rise at least 10 percent.”

A 16-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Hay has four points (2-2–4) through his first 17 games with the Firebirds. He was chosen by Flint with their third round (46th overall) pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the Waterloo Wolves U16 program. Hay scored his first career OHL goal on Nov. 5th in Kitchener.

2021-22 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
November – Cole Brown (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Sam Alfano (Peterborough Petes)

Central Division:
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)
October – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)

Midwest Division:
November – Nolan Lalonde (Erie Otters)
October – Cal Uens (Owen Sound Attack)

West Division:
November – Ethan Hay (Flint Firebirds)
October – Bronson Ride (Windsor Spitfires)

A total of 343 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2020-21 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3.1 million. Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

KNIGHTS, BATTALION AND BULLDOGS INCLUDED IN WEEK 9 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced on Wednesday the Week 9 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

The London Knights remain the fifth-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, trailing a quartet of WHL clubs in the Winnipeg ICE, Kamloops Blazers, Everett Silvertips and Edmonton Oil Kings. London took four of a possible six points last week with a 5-2 win over the Windsor Spitfires on Wednesday, a 3-2 road loss to the Guelph Storm on Friday and a 5-4 shootout win over the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday. Luke Evangelista continues to produce at a torrid pace with goals in five consecutive games. Goaltender Brett Brochu, who was recently named to Canada’s National Junior Team, leads the OHL with 14 wins this season to go with a 2.59 goals-against average and .918 save percentage through 19 games. London prepares for a weekend at home with a visit from the Erie Otters on Friday before the Sarnia Sting come to town on Saturday.

The Central Division-leading North Bay Battalion rise one spot to eighth on this week’s Top 10. The Troops saw a four-game winning streak snapped by the Peterborough Petes on Thursday as Mason McTavish scored a hat trick in his return to the lineup. The OHL’s Player of the Month for November, Kyle Jackson, recorded his third four-point performance of the season on Friday in Kingston as the Battalion took a 5-2 win. The Troops fell 3-2 in overtime to the Ottawa 67’s on Saturday. In addition to Jackson’s recognition, Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November. The Battalion are on the road this weekend with stops in Hamilton on Friday and Niagara on Saturday.

The Hamilton Bulldogs are back inside the Top 10 for the second time this season, returning after a five week absence. Collecting five of a possible six points, the East Division-leading Bulldogs took road wins in Niagara and Oshawa last week to land 10th on the rankings. Montreal Canadiens prospect Jan Mysak leads the way on the scoresheet with 28 points (15-13–28) while overage blueliner Nathan Staios was recently named OHL Defenceman of the Month for November. George Diaco carries a nine-game point streak into a Thursday night visit to the Barrie Colts before the Dogs return home on Friday and Sunday to faceoff against North Bay and Erie.

A successful weekend has the Kingston Frontenacs back in as an honourable mention. The Fronts scored back-to-back road wins over tough opponents in Hamilton and Mississauga to stay in the East Division conversation just two points back of the Bulldogs. Dallas Stars prospect Francesco Arcuri was a big part of Kingston’s success last week with six points (3-3–6) over three games.

The Guelph Storm are also an honourable mention as they continue to play solid hockey. The Storm have won four in a row, defeating the London Knights 3-2 on Friday before defeating the Erie Otters on back-to-back nights to improve to 13-6-1-1. The Storm try and stay hot this weekend with visits to Sault Ste. Marie and Saginaw on Friday and Saturday.

For further analysis on the Week 9 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2021, including North Bay Battalion teammates Kyle Jackson and Joe Vrbetic, Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Staios and Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Beck.

OHL Player of the Month – Kyle Jackson (North Bay Battalion):
North Bay Battalion forward Kyle Jackson is the OHL Player of the Month for November, recording 22 points including 11 goals and 11 assists over 11 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-7. Jackson recorded points in 10 of his 11 outings to help the Battalion ascend to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 7-2-1-1 over the course of the month. The 6-foot-2, 191Ib. centreman scored his first career hat trick on Nov. 5th in Kingston, finishing with four points (3-1–4) in a 5-4 road win. He took centre stage with a first star performance on Nov. 18th against Ottawa, scoring a pair of goals to go with an assist in a 3-0 win over the 67’s. Jackson struck for the game winner and earned second star honours a night later in Oshawa as the Battalion doubled-up the Generals 4-2. He posted his third four-point performance of the season (2-2–4) on Nov. 26th in Kingston, garnering first star recognition as the Troops skated to a 5-2 win. Jackson is the Battalion’s first OHL Player of the Month recipient since Justin Brazeau earned the distinction in October 2018.

A 19-year-old from Ottawa, Ont., Jackson is enjoying a breakout season in his third tour of duty with the Battalion, sitting tied for second in OHL scoring with 35 points (14-21–35) across 22 games. Jackson’s 27.5 percent shooting percentage is currently second-best in the OHL among players with at least 50 shots on goal. He’s recorded 60 career points (24-36–60) over 96 career regular season games with North Bay since being the club’s third round (49th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Nathan Staios (Hamilton Bulldogs):
Hamilton Bulldogs blueliner Nathan Staios is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for November, posting 12 points including three goals and nine assists over 10 games with a plus/minus rating of plus-9. The overage defenceman logged big minutes, helping push the Bulldogs to the top of the East Division standings with a November record of 6-2-1-1. Staios picked up a pair of assists in a 6-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Nov. 6th, found the back of the net as Hamilton fell to the Barrie Colts 4-3 a night later, and collected two more helpers on Nov. 12th as the Bulldogs defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-2. Staios matched a career-high on Nov. 18th with four points (0-4–4) in a 10-6 road win over the Petes. He struck for the game winner on Nov. 25th in Niagara as the Bulldogs beat the IceDogs 6-3, crossing the 100 career point threshold in the process. Staios becomes the first rearguard in Bulldogs history to earn Defenceman of the Month honours.

A 20-year-old product of Oakville, Ont., Staios sits tied for third in scoring among OHL defencemen with 19 points (4-15–19) over 20 games this season. The fourth-year defender’s 70 shots on goal are the second-most at his position Leaguewide. The son of long-time NHL defenceman, OHL graduate and Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios, he’s put up 101 points (22-79–101) over 198 career OHL regular season games between Hamilton and Windsor. Staios, who made his pro debut in six games with the AHL’s Utica Comets last season, was Windsor’s first round (17th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He represented the St. Louis Blues at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament this past fall.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads):
Mississauga Steelheads centreman Owen Beck has been named OHL Rookie of the Month for November, producing 11 points including five goals and six assists over 11 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-5. Beck found the scoresheet in nine of his 11 November contests as the Steelheads played to a record of 8-2-0-1, holding down second place in the Central Division. The 6-foot, 180Ib. Beck earned second star honours on Nov. 5th, scoring while adding an assist in a 3-0 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. He recorded another multi-point effort on Nov. 21st, chipping in a goal and an assist as the Steelheads defeated the Sudbury Wolves 7-2. Beck was excellent in the faceoff circle with a 57.5 percent rate at the dot in November. He’s the first Steelheads player to receive Rookie of the Month honours since Alexander Nylander earned the award three times during the 2015-16 season.

A 17-year-old native of Port Hope, Ont., Beck sits third in Steelheads scoring with 16 points (7-9–16) across 19 games. His 59 percent success rate in the faceoff circle is the League’s second-highest among centremen who have attempted at least 200 draws this season. Beck was assigned a ‘B’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s November Players to Watch List released on Nov. 19th. He was Mississauga’s second round (29th overall) pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion):
Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November after posting a 6-0-1-1 record, 2.09 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts across eight games. The 6-foot-6 Vrbetic went undefeated in regulation to help the Battalion surge to the top of the Central Division standings in a month of November that saw him string together 203 minutes and four seconds of consecutive shutout hockey. Vrbetic recorded back-to-back shutouts, making 14 saves on Nov. 14th in a 4-0 win over the Sudbury Wolves and an additional 23 in a 3-0 blanking of the Ottawa 67’s on Nov. 18th. He proceeded to pickup victories with a 23-save performance on Nov. 21st, defeating the Niagara IceDogs 7-3 and 24 stops on Nov. 26th as the Troops beat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-2. Vrbetic is the first Battalion netminder to claim the monthly honour since Patrick Killeen last did so as a member of the Brampton Battalion in February 2010.

A 19-year-old from Dunvegan, Ont., Vrbetic owns a record of 11-2-1-1 on the season with a 2.59 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and two shutouts over 15 games. Now in his second full season with the Battalion, he’s compiled an overall record of 25-27-2-1 with a 3.78 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in 58 regular season games since being a second round (31st overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. The Montreal Canadiens selected Vrbetic with their seventh round (214th overall) pick this past summer.

2021-22 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
November – Kyle Jackson (North Bay Battalion)
October – Sasha Pastujov (Guelph Storm)

Defenceman of the Month:
November – Nathan Staios (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)

Rookie of the Month:
November – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)

Goaltender of the Month:
November – Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion)
October – Brett Brochu (London Knights)

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR U16 AAA TOP 10 RANKINGS – WEEK 1

Toronto, Ont. – The Gloria Rints Memorial International Silver Stick is in the books, and that means it’s time to unveil the premiere edition of the OHL Cup presented by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings. The annual showcase hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League makes its return starting Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

Back for the first time since 2019, the 2022 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour features 20 teams consisting of talent eligible for the 2022 OHL Priority Selection. All games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, April 4.

Typically starting with a wild card play-in day on the Tuesday of opening week, this year’s wild card qualifying games will be played in advance of the 20 showcase-clinching teams arriving at Scotiabank Pond on Wednesday, March 30.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

U16 AAA Rankings for the 2022 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 1

Rank:Team:
1Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
2Mississauga Senators (GTHL)
3Markham Majors (GTHL)
4North York Rangers (GTHL)
5Quinte Red Devils (OMHA)
6Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
7London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE)
8Niagara North Stars (OMHA)
9Vaughan Kings (GTHL)
10Ajax-Pickering Raiders (OMHA
 Honourable Mention:
 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (ALLIANCE)
 Markham Waxers (OMHA)
 Waterloo Wolves (ALLIANCE)

History:
The most recent edition of the OHL Cup in 2019 saw the Don Mills Flyers overcome a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Red Wings 6-5, with Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs) setting up Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) for the overtime winning goal. The Flyers added both OHL Cup and GTHL Championships to their incredible season that saw them lose just once. An exceptional status player who was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs with the first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Wright was named Tournament MVP with 18 points over seven contests, one shy of Connor McDavid’s 2012 event record.

The 2019 OHL Priority Selection featured 15 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Shane Wright (Don Mills Flyers – 1st overall Kingston Frontenacs), Brennan Othmann (Don Mills Flyers – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Brandt Clarke (Don Mills Flyers – 4th overall Barrie Colts), Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros – 6th overall Windsor Spitfires), Benjamin Gaudreau (Team NOHA – 7th overall Sarnia Sting), Ryan Winterton (Whitby Wildcats – 8th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Liam Arnsby (Don Mills Flyers – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Francesco Pinelli (Toronto Red Wings – 13th overall Kitchener Rangers), Danny Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros -14th overall Guelph Storm), Landon McCallum (Brantford 99’ers – 15th overall Sudbury Wolves), Brett Harrison (London Jr. Knights – 16th overall Oshawa Generals), Jacob Holmes (York-Simcoe Express – 18th overall Soo Greyhounds), Connor Punnett (North Central Predators – 19th overall Saginaw Spirit) and Jack Matier (Team NOHA – 21st overall Ottawa 67’s).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Chicago Blackhawks), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/Boston Bruins), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/New Jersey Devils) and Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Columbus Blue Jackets) among others.

About the Ontario Hockey League:
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

AUSTIN AND OTHMANN NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Firebirds’ Brennan Othmann Named OHL Player of the Week

New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL Player of the Week with seven points including a goal and six assists across three games.

Othmann helped the Firebirds win two of three last week, earning first star recognition twice. He chipped in with an assist in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the visiting rival Saginaw Spirit before a three-assist effort on Friday as Flint skated to a 6-3 win in Sarnia. Othmann had a goal and two assists along with nine shots on goal on Saturday as the Firebirds dropped a 4-3 decision on the back-end of a home-and-home against the Sting.

An 18-year-old native of Pickering, Ont., Othmann leads the Firebirds with 27 points (14-13–27) in 17 games this season. His 92 shots on goal are the third-most in the OHL as he produces at a 1.59 point-per-game clip, the fifth-highest pace in the League. A member of Canada’s gold medal-winning National Under-18 Team this past May in Frisco, Texas, Othmann was selected by the New York Rangers with the 16th overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft. The former OHL Cup champion was Flint’s first round (2nd overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and was named to the OHL’s First All-Rookie Team in 2019-20 with 33 points (17-16–33) in 55 games.

Also considered for the award this week, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Logan Morrison recorded seven points (1-6–7) as his club picked up five of a possible six points. Nashville Predators prospect Luke Evangelista of the London Knights led the League with five goals along with an assist over three games, and Buffalo Sabres prospect Josh Bloom of the Saginaw Spirit had six points (3-3–6), headlined by two shorthanded goals and a game winner.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)


Petes’ Tye Austin Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Tye Austin of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Goaltender of the Week after winning a pair of games while posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

Austin recently returned from injury and turned aside 60 of the 65 shots that came his way last week. He made 19 saves in Thursday’s 5-3 win over the visiting North Bay Battalion, snapping the Troops’ four-game winning streak in Mason McTavish’s return to the Petes lineup. Austin provided a season-high 41 saves in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s, earning first star recognition as the Petes were outshot 43-29, earning their third straight win.

A 19-year-old from Pembroke, Ont., Austin missed a month of action with a shoulder injury, returning to the Petes’ lineup on November 18th. The 6-foot-6, 200Ib. netminder is 3-2-0-0 with a 3.83 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in six games this season. Selected by the Petes in the third round (43rd overall) of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, Austin owns a career mark of 14-16-0-1 with a 4.16 goals-against average and .877 save percentage through 42 career regular season games in maroon and white.

Also considered for this week’s award, last week’s recipient Ben Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting was strong once again, going 1-1-0-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in two games. London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu was kept busy, making 113 saves over three outings. He posted a 2.95 goals-against average and .926 save percentage as the Knights went 2-1-0-0.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Roman Basran (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.