FACTS + FIGURES
Post-season standouts and Mem Cup contenders top our weekly by the numbers trip around the Ontario Hockey League.
The number of teams that still have a chance to win this year’s Memorial Cup, including the Erie Otters and Mississauga Steelheads who face off in Game 1 of the OHL final tonight. In the Western Hockey League, the Regina Pats are fighting the Seattle Thunderbirds for a berth in the national championship, while the St. John Sea Dogs are taking on the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final. The host Windsor Spitfires also have a shot despite being ousted by the London Knights in the first round of the OHL playoffs.
Michael McNiven’s goals-against average in his Western Conference final against the Otters — nearly double his league-leading 2.30 GAA in the regular season. The Owen Sound Attack netminder also registered a 0.870 save percentage in the series (up from 0.915), which the Otters won in six games.
The number of playoff games it took for the Steelheads to punch their ticket to the OHL final — two fewer than the Otters. Mississauga downed the Ottawa 67’s in six games in Round 1, disposed of the Oshawa Generals in five games in Round 2 and swept the Peterborough Petes in the Eastern Conference final.
Former Hamilton Bulldogs on the Steelheads roster — forward Trent Fox. The Chatham native, who was dealt to Mississauga at the trade deadline in January, has five goals and six assists in the playoffs so far.
Straight multi-point games for Anthony Cirelli in the lead up to the OHL championship. The Otters forward and CHL player of the week notched a goal and an assist in Game 4 of his club’s Western Conference final against the Attack, two assists in Game 5 and a hat trick and an assist in Game 6.
Shots per game fired by the Steelheads, which is the most among OHL teams in the post-season. They’re also tops in shots against with 24.5 per game, while the Otters are second in both categories with 39.9 and 27.2 per game respectively.
Players suiting up in this week’s OHL Gold Cup that were also picked in the OHL draft last month, including seven Bulldogs prospects. Forwards Navrin Mutter, Jordan Stock and Liam Van Loon are all suiting up for the Alliance, while defenceman Xavier Henry is playing for GTHL Red. Defenceman Ford Ondrovic is skating for HEO, goalie Zach Roy is backstopping GTHL Blue and forward Connor McMichael, Hamilton’s first round pick in 2017, is looking to score for OMHA White. The Gold Cup is an annual showcase in which Ontario’s top minor midget aged players compete for a spot at Hockey Canada’s national under-17 selection camp. It wraps up Sunday in Kitchener.