Who’s the busiest Bulldog on Twitter? The answer highlights our weekly by-the-numbers look at the Ontario Hockey League.
The number of goals per game scored by Oshawa, the league leaders, this season — twice as many as Hamilton, which comes in at 2.5. The bad news for the Generals, however, is all those goals aren’t necessarily translating to wins. At the end of Week 3, they had a record of 3-2-1-0 and were tied with the Bulldogs for last place in the East Division.
The number of games on the Ontario Hockey League schedule decided in extra time as of Wednesday afternoon — nearly 29 per cent — and the Bulldogs were involved in four of them. Last season, fewer than 21 per cent of games went beyond regulation.
The amount, in dollars, Bill and Denise Burke were to donate to the Meridian Centre fundraising campaign in exchange for street renaming before the deal was officially declared dead Tuesday. One factor that contributed to its demise was the duration of the renaming, an issue the Niagara IceDogs owners and the City of St. Catharines couldn’t resolve despite years of negotiations.
The number of OHL teams in this week’s CHL Top 10. The Soo came in at No. 6 after downing Windsor and London last weekend, while Sarnia, which held the best record in the league at 6-1, was No. 8. Kingston also earned honourable mention after getting out to a 5-1 start.
The number of times Bulldogs defenceman Ben Gleason has tweeted — the most of anyone on the team by a long shot. As of Wednesday afternoon, forward Zack Jackson was the second-busiest on social media with 1,975 tweets followed by goalie Nick Donofrio at 1,173 and blueliner Justin Lemcke at 1,128.
The number of OHL alumni on U Sports hockey rosters this season, including five former Bulldogs. Michael Cramarossa is suiting up for McGill, Brody Morris is playing for Nipissing, Adam Laishram is skating for St. Francis Xavier and Burlington natives Dawson Carty and Stephen Harper are both in uniform for Acadia.
The number of straight losses racked up by London, which has the league’s worst record at 1-6 going into the weekend. The last time the Knights had a start this terrible was 2007-08, when they lost their first six games.
The number of team dentists listed on the North Bay Battalion website. The Troops also have five physicians, an optometrist and an athletic therapist, meaning their medical staff is nearly twice as large as their nine-member scouting staff.
The number of points Nick Suzuki registered in two games last weekend — one more than the highest-scoring Bulldogs player has in six games this season.
The Attack forward and Vegas prospect was named OHL player of the week after racking up two goals and an assist against Sarnia and a goal and three assists against Windsor. He goes into Week 4 tied for third in league scoring with 11 points. The number of days until the Canada Russia Series rolls into Ontario. The six-game showcase is a key part of the identification process for both countries in advance of the World Junior Championship. The OHL’s national junior candidates will take the ice against Team Russia hopefuls Nov. 9 in Owen Sound and Nov. 13 in Sudbury. The rosters have yet to be announced.