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