Shutouts, stitches and post-sea­son berths top our weekly by the num­bers scan of the OHL

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Goals scored by Erie Ot­ters winger

Alex DeBrin­cat in each of the last three sea­sons, mak­ing him the sec­ond player in On­tario Hockey League his­tory and first in 40 years to put up a trio of 50-goal cam­paigns back-to-back-to-back. The 19-year-old Chicago Black­hawks prospect scored twice in a 4-3 win over the Oshawa Gen­er­als Mon­day to join Dale McCourt on the ex­clu­sive list. The for­mer NHLer ac­com­plished the feat in 1977, af­ter tal­ly­ing at least 53 goals in three straight cam­paigns with the Hamil­ton and St. Catharines Fin­cups.


Stitches re­quired by Hamil­ton

Bull­dogs for­ward Matt Luff, who split his fore­head open on the glass in Peter­bor­ough’s Me­mo­rial Cen­tre Thurs­day. The Los An­ge­les Kings prospect, 19, has missed two games since with a mild con­cus­sion.


Reg­u­la­tion losses in­curred at

home this sea­son by the Erie Ot­ters. With five games to go, the league lead­ers are 27-0-1-1 at Erie In­sur­ance Arena with their only two de­feats com­ing in a shootout to Hamil­ton and in over­time to Owen Sound. What’s re­ally amaz­ing, though, is they won’t set a new OHL record even if they win all five of their re­main­ing tilts — the Sault Ste. Marie Grey­hounds won all 33 of their home games in the 1984-85 cam­paign.


Shutouts racked up by Owen Sound At­tack goal­tender Michael

McNiven en route to a new fran­chise record. The 19-year-old Mon­treal Cana­di­ens prospect stopped 16 shots in a 4-0 win over the Flint Fire­birds last Wed­nes­day to sur­pass Jor­dan Bin­ning­ton on the team’s all-time list. His five shutouts this sea­son tie him for sec­ond in the OHL, while his win tally (31) and goals-against av­er­age (2.17) are tops.


Shutouts recorded by Wa­ter­down

na­tive and for­mer Ni­a­gara IceDogs net­min­der Mark Visentin in 2011-12 — a sin­gle sea­son record. He had 14 al­to­gether in his four-year OHL ca­reer.


OHL games missed over the past

two sea­sons by oft-in­jured Hamil­ton Bull­dogs blue­liner Reilly Webb. Af­ter re­cov­er­ing from two shoul­der sep­a­ra­tions, surgery and a freak ac­ci­dent in which he cut his an­kle open with his own skate, the 17year-old from Stoney Creek is ex­pected to re­turn to the lineup Thurs­day when his club vis­its the Bar­rie Colts.


Teams that have clinched an OHL

play­off berth as of Wed­nes­day. The Erie Ot­ters were the first to earn an “X,” fol­lowed by Lon­don, Sault Ste. Marie, Owen Sound, Wind­sor, Oshawa and Peter­bor­ough — not nec­es­sar­ily in that or­der.


Dol­lars do­nated to the Owen Sound

Car­diac Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram in the wake of the At­tack’s an­nual Heart Beats and Hockey Sticks fundraiser. The team has now raised a to­tal of $62,000 over the past two sea­sons for the ini­tia­tive, which helps lo­cal res­i­dents re­claim their health af­ter heart surgery or a di­ag­no­sis of car­diac dis­ease.


Days left to com­plete the City of Hamil­ton’s hockey sur­vey. In­spired by The Spec­ta­tor’s Pay to Play series, the idea is to gather in­for­ma­tion about the cost and struc­ture of hockey in Hamil­ton from lo­cal res­i­dents — play­ers, par­ents, coaches, etc. — al­ready in­volved in the sport. It’s avail­able at https://www.sur­vey­mon­­ton­hock­ey­survey un­til the end of the month.

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