Jones, McTav­ish take month’s top hon­ours

Petes rookie tal­lies eight goals to lead all fresh­men in scor­ing

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - EX­AM­INER STAFF

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.

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