Jones, McTavish take month’s top honours
Petes rookie tallies eight goals to lead all freshmen in scoring
Peterborough Petes Hunter Jones was named Thursday as the Ontario Hockey League’s goalie of the month, while forward Mason McTavish was named rookie of the month.
McTavish led all rookies with eight goals along with a pair of assists for 10 points in 11 games. The six-foot, 198-pounder bookended the month with a pair of two-goal performances, helping the Petes take a 5-2 win in North Bay on Oct. 3 before recently lighting the lamp twice in a 10-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads on Oct. 26. McTavish also scored the game winner in Peterborough’s 6-3 road win over the Sarnia Sting on Oct. 11 and was an impressive 67.8 per cent (38/56) in the faceoff circle over the course of the month.
The 16-year-old Pembroke native leads OHL rookies with 10 goals along with four assists for 14 points in as many games this season. He’s currently second among rookies in shots on goal with 39 and has helped the Petes to a 10-4-0-0 record on the season including an 8-3-0-0 record away from home.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget AAA graduate was the fifth-overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. His father, Dale McTavish, played four seasons in Peterborough from 1989 to 1993, helping the Petes hoist the Robertson Cup in 1993.
Jones, a Minnesota Wild prospect, posted an 8-1-0-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout over nine contests. The six-foot-four, 198-pound netminder ends the month on a four-game winning streak and provided 25 saves or more in six of his eight October victories.
Jones locked down his first shutout of the season on Oct. 9 in Saginaw, making 23 saves as the Petes blanked the Spirit 4-0. He turned in another first-star performance on Oct. 18 in Ottawa, turning side 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 win over the 67’s. Jones backstopped the Petes past the CHL’s top-ranked Oshawa Generals 2-1 on Oct. 20, turning aside 28 of 29 shots.
The 19-year-old Brantford native sits tied for the OHL lead with 10 wins accompanied by a 2.46 goals-against average and .920 save percentage over 11 games. The third-year veteran owns a career regular season record of 41-34-2-2 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .897 save percentage with four shutouts over 83 games.
Jones was a second-round (59th overall) pick of the Minnesota Wild this past summer and was originally Peterborough’s fifth-round (89th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. He attended Hockey Canada’s national junior team summer development camp in August and will represent Team OHL in the upcoming 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
Hamilton forward Arthur Kaliyev was named player of the month and Ottawa’s Noel Hoefenmayer was selected as defenceman of the month.