The Ontario Hockey League’s final week of the regular season has come and gone and that means it’s time for the final edition of the Week’s 3 Stars. Next week however, we will announce the 3 stars of the season based on weekly voting of the three stars, and I can assure you, it’s been a very tight race.
So, for the final time during the 2012/2013 OHL season, here are your draft eligible three stars for the week:
1st Star – Peterborough Petes: I know this is a little out of the ordinary, but almost to a man (and a lady) those that vote on the three stars felt the need to include the Petes somewhere on here. So I took it upon myself to put them at number one. Around Christmas, the Petes stood 16 points out of a playoff spot. They were without a permanent General Manager and an interim head coach. They traded away some star power, but yet, they almost managed to pull off the impossible and brought it to the final game of the season where three teams battled for the final two playoff spots. Quite simply, they ran out of gas. All of their draft eligible players, Greg Betzold, Jonatan Tanus, Stephan Nosad, Connor Boland and Michael Giugovaz to name a few, played key roles. Kudos to all of them. They should hold their heads up high for what they did.
2nd Star-Nicholas Baptiste-Sudbury Wolves: Baptiste scored three goals in two games for the Wolves and was a force throughout. He potted two goals including the game winner in a 5-1 win over the Niagara Ice Dogs. He then scored on a penalty shot to give the Wolves a lead over the Oshawa Generals who went on to win 3-2 in a shootout.
3rd Star-Spencer Martin- Mississauga Steelheads: Martin stopped 74 of 82 shots last week winning once, losing once and losing the other in a shootout in leading the Steelheads to a playoff birth. Game one was a shootout loss to the Petes where he stopped 36 of 38 shots through regulation and overtime. He stopped 18 of 21 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Belleville Bulls. But in the final must win game of the season, Martin stopped 20 of 23 shots to lead Mississauga to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa 67’s and set up must win final games for Peterborough and Kingston.