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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Junior Notebook

National | by Bayshore News Staff  
Attack, OHL, CHL & Minor Midget


MACLEAN NAMED HURON TRACTOR SUPPLY PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Owen Sound Attack have named rookie netminder Andrew MacLean the Huron Tractor Supply Player of the Week in the 11th week of the Ontario Hockey League season.

The Port Huron, Michigan native has started in 8 games thus far as the back-up goaltender to Mack Guzda. This is the first time he has been awarded Player of the Week.

MacLean started in the game on Saturday against the Barrie Colts and only let in 1 goal on 33 shots on net in the game.  MacLean was also named the first star on Saturday night, assisting the team to a 3-1 victory over the Colts.

After Saturday's game, MacLean improved his save percentage to 0.873, capping off his 5th win of the season.

 

OHL Tonight

Flint Firebirds at Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, the Owen Sound Attack host the London Knights




WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

London Knights           26 20 4 2 0 42
Sault Greyhounds      29 17 7 4 1 39
Guelph Storm             27 14 7 3 3 34
Owen Sound Attack  29 15 11 1 2 33
Saginaw Spirit             27 14 10 1 2 31
Windsor Spitfires        29 14 13 1 1 30
Sarnia Sting                29 12 13 2 2 28
Kitchener Rangers     28 12 14 2 0 26
Erie Otters                   28 11 16 1 0 23
Flint Firebirds               29 3 24 2 0 8


EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Ottawa 67'S                29 22 3 3 1 48
Sudbury Wolves         27 17 8 1 1 36
Niagara IceDogs        27 16 7 4 0 36
Oshawa Generals      28 17 9 2 0 36
Peterborough Petes   28 16 12 0 0 32
Miss Steelheads         28 14 12 2 0 30
Barrie Colts                  27 14 12 1 0 29
Hamilton Bulldogs      28 13 14 1 0 27
North Bay Battalion    28 11 15 1 1 24
Kingston Frontenacs 29 8 20 1 0 17


 

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 2018, including Niagara IceDogs forward Jason Robertson, Ottawa 67's defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer, 67's rookie Marco Rossi and London Knights goaltender Joseph Raaymakers.
 

OHL Player of the Month - Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs):

Niagara IceDogs forward Jason Robertson is the OHL Player of the Month for November after leading all players with 30 points including 12 goals and 18 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-9 over 12 games. The Dallas Stars prospect split the month between the Kingston Frontenacs and Niagara IceDogs, recording points in all 12 of his November contests. He registered a pair of hat-tricks while recording four points on four different occasions, being named first star of the game four times, second star twice and third star once. Robertson's first hat-trick came on Nov. 7th in a four-point showing with Kingston as they fell 6-4 to the Ottawa 67's. He scored another hat-trick and four points on Nov. 11th, defeating the Oshawa Generals 5-1. Robertson picked up four assists in his final game as a Frontenac on Nov. 18th, defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-3. He wrapped up the month of November with back-to-back four-point efforts with the IceDogs, recording a goal and three assists in wins on Nov. 29th and Nov. 30th. In his four November games with Niagara, Robertson had three goals, nine assists and 12 points.

 A 19-year-old native of Northville, Mich., Robertson sits second in OHL scoring with 52 points including 27 goals and 25 assists over 29 games this season. His 10 power play goals and 22 power play points also lead the league while his 152 shots on goal are second-most. After four years in Kingston, Robertson finished with 124 career goals, the fourth-most by any player to wear a Frontenacs uniform.
 

OHL Defenceman of the Month - Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67's):

Ottawa 67's blueliner Noel Hoefenmayer is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for November. The Arizona Coyotes prospect recorded 16 points including three goals and 13 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-9 over 12 November contests. Hoefenmayer had five different multi-point performances headlined by a four-point showing against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Nov. 16th. Hoefenmayer had two goals and two assists in that game, including one that served as the OHL's representative in the weekly CIBC Showdown. He finished the month with points in three straight games, wrapping things up with a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win over Kingston on Nov. 28th.

 A 19-year-old from North York, Ont., Hoefenmayer has 25 points including five goals and 20 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-14 over 29 games this season. The 6-foot-1, 204Ib. defender is currently in his fourth OHL season and picked up his 100th career point this past month. He was Arizona's fourth round pick in 2017 and was originally a second round pick of the 67's in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midgets.

 

OHL Rookie of the Month - Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67's):

For the second straight month, Ottawa 67's forward Marco Rossi is the OHL Rookie of the Month. The first-year centreman had nine points including four goals and five assists over seven games before suffering an elbow injury on Nov. 15th that will sideline him into the new year. Rossi had points in five of his seven outings, stringing together a five game point streak. He had a goal and an assist in an 8-2 road win over the Saginaw Spirit on Nov. 4th, a goal and two helpers in a 6-4 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs on Nov. 7th and a pair of goals in a 4-3 loss to the Oshawa Generals on Nov. 9th to headline the month's action.

 A 17-year-old, 2020 NHL Draft eligible native of Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi continues to lead OHL rookies in scoring with 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points despite missing the past two weeks to injury. His plus-23 rating is among the best in the league while he's also won 55.4% of his faceoffs this season. The 5-foot-9, 174Ib. centre was the 18th overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
 

OHL Goaltender of the Month - Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights):

Overage London Knights goaltender Joseph Raaymakers is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November, playing to a perfect 8-0-0-0 record with a 1.99 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout. Raaymakers' month was headlined by a pair of first star performances including a 30-save shutout in a 3-0 road win over the Kitchener Rangers on Nov. 4th. He followed up that showing with a 25-save effort in a 2-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Nov. 9th. Raaymakers turned aside 41 shots in a 6-3 win over the Erie Otters on Nov. 18th and closed out the month with 34 saves in an 8-1 win over the same Otters on Nov. 30th.

 A 20-year-old native of Chatham, Ont., fifth-year veteran Raaymakers has helped backstop the Knights to a current 14-game winning streak, most recently earning his 90th career victory. Through 16 games he holds a 11-3-2-0 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage, earning his seventh career shutout in the process. Raaymakers attended training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets this past September, seeing NHL pre-season action.
 

 

2018-19 OHL Performers of the Month:

 Player of the Month:
 November - Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
 October - Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Defenceman of the Month:
 November - Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67's)
 October - Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Rookie of the Month:
 November - Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67's)
 October – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67's)

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:
 November - Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
 October – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67's)

 

 

Voltigeurs’ Gregor MacLeod named CHL Player of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that overage forward Gregor MacLeod of the Drummondville Voltigeurs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 2 recording nine points in two games including four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

MacLeod produced a pair of multi-point performances last week helping the Voltigeurs remain one of the hottest teams in the country extending their winning-streak to six.  On Friday night he scored a career-high five points with one goal and four assists as first star of a 7-3 win over the Gatineau Olympiques, then scored a hat-trick plus an assist on Sunday afternoon as second star of a 10-3 win against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.  MacLeod now has points in seven-straight games while the Voltigeurs have climbed to third place in the QMJHL’s overall standings with a 20-6-1-1 record.

A 20-year-old from Dartmouth, NS, MacLeod is playing in his third QMJHL season and first with the Voltigeurs after beginning his career with the Charlottetown Islanders and finishing last season with the Quebec Remparts.  He’s currently tied for ninth in league scoring and second on his team with 38 points in 25 games which includes 17 goals and 21 assists.  He’s on pace to surpass his offensive production of a year ago where he scored 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points in 54 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks who scored twice with six assists for eight points in two games, and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs with three goals and seven assists for 10 points in three games.
 

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
 Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
 Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
 Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
 Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
 Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
 Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
 Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
 Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
 Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
 Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)



Wolves’ Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
 
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending December 2 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .960.

Luukkonen turned aside 48 of the 50 shots he faced last week helping the Wolves extend their winning-streak to four games to keep pace atop a crowded OHL Central Division.  He made 20 saves on Friday night as part of a 3-2 win against the Peterborough Petes, then recorded his second shutout of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Mississauga Steelheads with a 28-save performance that earned him first star honours in the 7-0 victory.  The Wolves now carry a 17-8-1-1 record and are tied for first in the division with the Niagara IceDogs.

A 19-year-old from Espoo, Finland, Luukkonen was chosen third overall by the Wolves in the 2018 CHL Import Draft becoming the first goaltender selected in the process since 2013.  So far this season he carries a 15-5-1-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.50 and save percentage of .922 which are both among the league’s leaders.  Luukkonen was a second round pick by the Sabres in the 2017 NHL Draft and was recently invited to Finland’s Selection Camp for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Also considered for the award this week was QMJHL rookie William Grimard of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles who also went 2-0-0-0 winning one game by shutout while stopping a total of 34 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .944.  In the WHL, Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jiri Patera of the Brandon Wheat Kings posted a 2-0-0-0 record stopping 62 total shots for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .954.
 

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
 Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
 Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
 Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
 Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
 Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
 Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
 Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
 Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
 Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
 Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

 



OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the third edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 12-18 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 18 where it will be broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet.

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.

 

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour – Week 3

Don Mills Flyers
Toronto Marlboros
Whitby Wildcats
Toronto Young Nationals
Mississauga Rebels
Toronto Red Wings
Brantford 99'ers
North Central Predators
Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves
Waterloo Wolves
 

Honourable Mention

Kitchener Jr. Rangers
London Jr. Knights
Niagara North Stars
 

The third edition of the weekly Top-10 sees the Toronto Red Wings, North Central Predators and Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves all move up the list while the Kitchener Jr. Rangers and Niagara North Stars rise to honourable mention status. The Brantford 99'ers fall one spot to seventh on the list while the Waterloo Wolves drop two spots to tenth.
 

Tournament Structure:

15 of the 20 spots in the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour are guaranteed through league competition.  The 15 guaranteed spots continue to include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  Also as in past years, two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.  This season there will not be a representative from HEO.


Wild Card Games:

The final five entries at the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among 10 teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario.  The 10 competing teams aiming for the final five tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series.  As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be reserved for GTHL teams.  The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round.  As introduced in 2017, one spot in a Wild Card will also be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final.  The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship.  Finally, the five remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee.  The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.  All five Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 12 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the eight competing teams in advance of the event.


History:

Last season the Toronto Jr. Canadiens were crowned OHL Cup Champions, capturing the annual Minor Midget showcase for the first time since 2008 with a 5-1 victory over the Vaughan Kings. Current Oshawa Generals forward Dylan Robinson finished second in event scoring with 11 points (6-5–11) over seven games, earning the Tim Adams Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP.

The 2018 OHL Priority Selection featured 17 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Quinton Byfield (York-Simcoe Express – 1st overall Sudbury Wolves), Evan Vierling (York-Simcoe Express – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Will Cuylle (Toronto Marlboros – 3rd overall Peterborough Petes), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto Marlboros – 4th overall Erie Otters), Cole Perfetti (Vaughan Kings – 5th overall Saginaw Spirit), Cameron Tolnai (Oakville Rangers – 6th overall Ottawa 67’s), Daniil Chayka (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 7th overall Guelph Storm), James Hardie (Barrie Colts – 8th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Pacey Schlueting (Team NOHA – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ty Tullio (Vaughan Kings – 11th overall Oshawa Generals), Lleyton Moore (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Niagara IceDogs), Jake Murray (Oakville Rangers – 13th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Luke Evangelista (Oakville Rangers – 14th overall London Knights), Riley Piercey (Toronto Marlboros – 16th overall Barrie Colts), Reid Valade (Toronto Marlboros – 17th overall Kitchener Rangers), Logan Morrison (Guelph Gryphons – 18th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Ryan O’Rourke (Vaughan Kings – 20th overall Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels/St. Louis Blues), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/Nashville Predators), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

 For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.


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