Broth­ers, birth­days and fu­ture Bull­dogs all make an ap­pear­ance in our weekly by the num­bers look at the On­tario Hockey League.

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Days to go be­fore the 2017 Me­mo­rial Cup gets un­der­way in Wind­sor. Six teams still had a chance to clinch a spot in the tour­na­ment — the cham­pi­onship for ma­jor ju­nior hockey in Canada — as of Wed­nes­day in­clud­ing the Erie Ot­ters, who were up 2-1 over the Mis­sis­sauga Steel­heads in the OHL fi­nal. As hosts, the Wind­sor Spit­fires get an au­to­matic berth. They open the event against the win­ners from the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League a week from Fri­day.


Of the six re­main­ing teams, the num­ber that could stamp their ticket to the tour­na­ment by the time you read this Thurs­day. The Saint John Sea Dogs had a 3-0 lead over the Blainville-Bois­briand Ar­mada go­ing into Game 4 of the QMJHL cham­pi­onship se­ries Wed­nes­day night.


Goals al­lowed by Cal­lum Booth in the open­ing three games of that se­ries. The Sea Dogs net­min­der is the Cana­dian Hockey League’s goal­tender of the week af­ter record­ing a 1.50 goals against av­er­age and .944 save per­cent­age in Games 1 and 2. He fol­lowed that up with a shutout — his sec­ond of the se­ries — in Game 3 Tues­day.


The num­ber of lo­cal players who could add a Me­mo­rial Cup cham­pi­onship to their re­sumes this year — and they both play for the Spit­fires. De­fence­man Austin McE­neny is from Wa­ter­down, while for­ward Cris­tiano DiGiac­into is from Hamil­ton. Nei­ther has played since April 4 when Wind­sor was ousted by the Lon­don Knights in the first round of the play­offs.


Hamil­ton Bull­dogs prospects who earned medals at this year’s OHL Gold Cup. Xavier Henry, a fourth-round pick in 2017, won gold with GTHL Red, while ninth-rounder Ford On­drovic won bronze with HEO. Con­nor McMichael, the club’s first-round se­lec­tion at this year’s draft, was also named OMHA White player of the game in the bronze medal matchup. Four other Bull­dogs prospects also took part in the event — a show­case in which players com­peted for an invitation to Canada’s na­tional un­der-17 se­lec­tion camp — in Kitch­ener last weekend.


Bull­dogs players who blew out birthday can­dles in the past week. De­fence­man Reilly Webb, who’s from Stoney Creek, was 18 on May 4, while Matt Luff turned the big 2-0 a day later. That makes the Oakville-born winger the third-old­est player el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to ros­ter next sea­son be­hind Wa­ter­down’s Stephen Tem­ple­ton and Justin Lem­cke.


Set of broth­ers still play­ing for OHL supremacy. Go­ing into Game 4 against the Ot­ters Wed­nes­day, Ryan and Mike McLeod — both for­wards for the Steel­heads — had com­bined for 45 points in the play­offs. That’s just 10 more than Erie for­ward Alex DeBrin­cat, who’s racked up a league-high 35 post-sea­son points all by him­self.


The num­ber of points scored by DeBrin­cat’s team­mate Dy­lan Strome, who is sec­ond in play­off scor­ing. He’s the older brother of Bull­dog Matt Strome and the younger brother of New York Is­lan­der Ryan Strome, who played most of his ju­nior career with the Ni­a­gara IceDogs. The Stromes and McLeods grew up to­gether in Mis­sis­sauga.

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