Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 10th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Nov. 18-24.

Headlining the forward ranks is Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Logan Barlage who finished with nine points counting three goals and six assists over three appearances. His top performance came with a season-high five-point effort against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday in which he finished with one goal and four assists in an 11-2 win that earned him third-star honours. For his efforts, Barlage was recognized as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is London Knights centre and Washington Capitals first-round pick Connor McMichael whose week saw him finish with eight points counting three goals and five assists over a trio of appearances. McMichael, who is currently riding a 14-game point streak, put up his best showing of the week with a four-point night against the rival Kitchener Rangers on Friday in which he recorded a hat-trick and added one assist to power his squad to a 5-1 road victory and claim first-star honours.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Kamloops Blazers right-wing Zane Franklin who impressed over three contests in collecting five goals and two assists for seven points. With all three performances seeing Franklin record at least two points, his best showing came against the Prince George Cougars on Friday as he notched two goals and added one assist in the 4-3 final that saw him claim third-star recognition.

On the blue line, Flint Firebirds rearguard Riley McCourt shined across three appearances as he finished the week with three goals and five assists for eight points. Against the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday, McCourt was a top performer for his squad as he tallied four assists – three of which came on the man advantage – in the 6-4 final. That performance helped McCourt earn recognition as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Rounding out the beck end is Knights blue-liner and San Jose Sharks first-round pick Ryan Merkley, who has continued to impress in his first season in London as he finished the week with two goals and five assists for seven points across three games. His best showing came against the Rangers on Friday as he finished with three assists and third-star recognition in the eventual 5-1 road victory.

Between the pipes, Victoriaville Tigres rookie netminder Nikolas Hurtubise was nearly unbeatable across his first two appearances of the season as he stopped a combined 64 shots over 120 minutes to come away with a pair of victories. His most impressive effort came in a 30-save outing against the Quebec Remparts on Saturday in which he recorded his first career shutout in a 2-0 win. In all, Hurtubise wrapped up the week with an incredible 0.50 goals-against average and .985 save percentage, earning him recognition as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

FIREBIRDS’ RILEY McCOURT NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

McCourt

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that fourth-year defenceman Riley McCourt of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with eight points including three goals and five assists over three games.

• HIGHLIGHTS: McCourt’s career-high four assists
• HIGHLIGHTS: McCourt scores twice, adds assist in victory
• HIGHLIGHTS: McCourt scores game winner against Attack

McCourt becomes the first defenceman to win the award this season after recording points in all three of his outings last week, helping the Firebirds go 2-1 to remain in the thick of things in a highly competitive Western Conference. He was a bright spot for the Firebirds in a Wednesday night 6-4 road loss to the Sarnia Sting, recording a career-high four assists as Flint scored three power play markers. McCourt earned first star honours in Friday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Soo Greyhounds, finishing with two goals and an assist including the game winning goal before scoring another game winner in Saturday’s 5-4 triumph over visiting Owen Sound. McCourt racked up 10 shots on goal in Saturday’s win for a total of 21 over his three performances last week.

A 19-year-old native of St. Catharines, Ont., McCourt sits tied for fifth in scoring among OHL blueliners with 24 points (9-15–24) over 23 contests this season. His 86 shots on goal are second among the league’s defencemen. The 5-foot-11, 173Ib. left-shot rearguard has put up 79 points (21-58–79) over 135 career OHL regular season games between Flint and Hamilton dating back to the 2016-17 season. He was Hamilton’s third round (45th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Niagara North Stars Minor Midgets. McCourt attended rookie camp with the Boston Bruins this past September.

Also considered for the award this week OHL scoring co-leader Connor McMichael of the London Knights who joined McCourt with eight points (3-5–8) last week. Knights goaltender Dylan Myskiw was also in the running after going 2-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .966 save percentage and one shutout in a pair of road wins.

2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 19 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)