A slew of Memorial Cup records kick off our weekly by the numbers look at the Ontario Hockey League.
Points scored by Erie Otters captain Dylan Strome on Monday — the most ever in a Memorial Cup game. The Mississauga native’s four goals and three assists against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs tops the previous mark of six, on four separate occasions. That includes 1976 when Hamilton Fincups forward Joe Contini notched three goals and three assists en route to the club’s lone national title.
Tallies by Erie in Monday’s win over Saint John, which also set a new bar for the tournament. The previous high of 11 goals was achieved twice — in 1974 by the Quebec Remparts and in 1980 by the Regina Pats. On top of that, the Otters and Sea Dogs combined for a record 17 goals in the 12-5 game, surpassing the mark set in 1984 when the Kitchener Rangers and Kamloops Blazers teamed up for 16.
Goals scored by the Sea Dogs in a 53-second span of Tuesday’s 7-0 shutout against the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds — a win that punched Saint John’s ticket to the Memorial Cup semifinal Friday. Shockingly, it wasn’t the quickest three-goal onslaught registered in the tournament. On Sunday, the host Windsor Spitfires scored three times in 38 seconds to tie the record set by the New Westminster Bruins in 1978.
The number of games Strome played for the Arizona Coyotes before being returned to Erie this season. He’s one of four players with NHL experience — Seattle’s Mathew Barzal, Saint John’s Thomas Chabot and Windsor’s Mikhail Sergachev are the others — competing in the event.
The last time a Memorial Cup host team got out to a 2-0 start before Windsor matched the feat this year. A decade ago the Vancouver Giants downed the Plymouth Whalers and Lewiston Maineiacs to open the tournament, which they ended up winning on home ice. It was also the last time a host team won the championship.
OHL graduates still in the running to win the Stanley Cup, including half a dozen Nashville Predators, eight Ottawa Senators and six Pittsburgh Penguins.
The number of those grads with history in Hamilton. Nashville’s Ryan Ellis is from Freelton, while Ottawa’s Ben Harpur was born in the city. P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber, teammates of Ellis, both played for the AHL Bulldogs, along with Pittsburgh’s Trevor Daley and Ottawa’s Tom Pyatt. Finally, Senators defenceman Cody Ceci is the brother of OHL Bulldogs goalie Cole Ceci.
Players and coaches named to Ontario Hockey League all-star teams for the 2016-17 season — 20 of which are from the Western Conference. The lone player from the other side of the league was Niagara IceDogs defenceman Ryan Mantha, who made the second of three teams. The all-stars were selected by OHL general managers.
Regular season wins racked up by teams in the OHL’s Western Conference this campaign — 82 more than the Eastern Conference. The west also scored roughly 18 per cent more than teams from the east with 2,560 goals for.