Post-sea­son stand­outs and Mem Cup con­tenders top our weekly by the num­bers trip around the On­tario Hockey League.

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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.

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