Some very strong second halves are making races where earlier it seemed there were none there while in other cases it’s just solidifying the inevitable. The Ontario Hockey League season ends on March 17, 2013 and it’s going to be an interesting final month with some of the races coming down to the last game.
Points Leaders: Max Domi continues to lead with 71 points but the gap has closed quickly over the last couple of weeks. Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires is right behind with 68 points followed by Ottawa 67’s Sean Monahan with 64 points. All three skaters are in the top 20 in the OHL. The Saginaw Spirit’s Jimmy Lodge, who has been on fire lately, sits fourth with 56 points. Ryan Hartman of the Plymouth Whalers is fifth with 53 and London’s Bo Horvat is sixth with 52. Belleville Bulls defenseman Jordan Subban is the only defenseman to crack the top 7 with 41 points.
Goal Scoring Leaders: The see-saw battle between Rychel and Domi continues and is bound to continue until the last day. Rychel leads with 32 goals followed by Domi with 31. Horvat sits third with 27 while Monahan and Lodge are in a battle with 24 a piece. Hartman comes in sixth with 21 goals. We could see the season end with five and potentially six 30 goal scorers.
Assists leaders: Despite playing the fewest number of games, Monahan is in a dead heat among the draft eligible players in assists with 40, tied with Domi. Rychel, the goal scorer turned playmaker, sits third with 36 while Hartman and Lodge are tied with 32. Once again, Subban is the only defenseman to crack the leader group with 27.
Plus/Minus Leaders: It’s a battle at the top again this week between a pair of defensemen, London’s Nikita Zadorov and the Owen Sound Attack’s Chris Bigras ties at plus 30. Domi isn’t far behind in third with a plus 27. The Kitchener Rangers fine rookie Justin Bailey is fourth with a plus 22 while Hartman and Owen Sound’s Zach Nastasiuk close out the leader board with a plus 18.
Goals Against Average Leaders: Belleville Bulls netminder Charlie Graham leads the goaltenders with a sparkling 2.42 goals against average. That would put him sixth among all OHL goaltenders. The less talked about Jake Smith of the Brampton Battalion is second with a 2.58 goals against average. The top ranked OHL goalie, Mississauga Steelheads Spencer Martin comes in third with a 2.93 goals against average.
Save Percentage Leaders: Belleville’s Graham leads the goaltenders in save percentage as well. His .927 save percentage puts him fifth among all OHL goaltenders. Martin comes in second with a .910 save percentage while the Barrie Colts’ Alex Fotinos comes in third with a .898 save percentage.