Last week we thought that it had become a two man race for the points lead and a three way race for the goal scoring lead, but as we enter the final week of the Ontario Hockey League regular season, it is anything but.
The goal scoring title among first time draft eligible players was a three way race between the Sarnia Sting's Nail Yakupov (31), the Guelph Storm's Scott Kosmachuk (29) and the Belleville Bulls' Brendan Gaunce (27). But after a 5 goal week, the Kitchener Rangers' Radek Faksa is in the mix with 28. With yet another injury to Yakupov and the Bulls, Rangers and Storm each having 3 games remaining, its a wide open race between the four now.
Yakupov, who was held to just one point last week, maintains a 5 point lead over Gaunce, who was held off the score sheet, for the point totals lead. Yakupov has 69 points to Gaunce's 64. With 2 assists to go along with his 5 goals, Faksa moved into third spot with 63 points.
The Owen Sound Attack's Gemel Smith surpassed Yakupov in assists and now has one more with 39. He trails ottawa 67's defenseman Cody Ceci who has 41. Ceci also gave up his plus/minus lead after a dreadful week by his standards, going a minus 5. Niagara Ice Dogs' Luke Mercer and London Knights' Olli Maatta lead with a plus 25.
The only insurmountable leads seem to be at defence where Ceci has a comfortable lead in goals, assists and points over Guelph's Matt Finn. The other is Malcolm Subban in goal still leading in goals against average and save percentage, although Saginaw Spirit's puck stopper Jake Paterson is making a strong run for the goals against average lead.
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