by Dominic Tiano (@DominicTiano)
Week 24 of the Ontario Hockey League season is complete and we enter the final two weeks of the regular season and the battle for the season’s three stars is up for grabs.
Each week throughout the season a group of OHL writers and independent scouts vote on the OHL’s three stars – among those eligible for the National Hockey League Draft. At the end of the season, using a scoring system, we then select the three stars for the season.
But until then, let’s take a look at the three stars from last week:
1st Star – Alex Nedeljkovic – Plymouth Whalers: In three starts Nedeljkovic went 2-0-1 with a .97 goals against average and .973 save percentage with one shutout. On Tuesday, Nedeljkovic stopped 35 of 37 shots to lead his squad to a 4-2 victory over the Kitchener Rangers. Friday’s outing saw him lose 2-1 in a shootout to the Barrie Colts. While he was only able to stop 1 of three in the shootout he stopped 50 of 51 through regulation and overtime to give his squad a chance to win. On Saturday he stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over the Windsor Spitfires to earn his first shutout of the season. He was named the games third star.
2nd Star – Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs: In three games last week Bennett scored four goals and added 2 assists and finished a plus 4. He scored three times and added an assist on Friday in a 10-2 thrashing of the Belleville Bulls and was named the game’s first star. In the rematch on Saturday, Bennett added another goal as the Fronts defeated the Bulls again, this time by a score of 5-2. Sunday saw Bennett record an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Oshawa Generals.
3rd Star – Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm: In four games Fabbri three goals while assisting on three others. In a 6-3 victory over the Owen Sound Attack on Monday, Fabbri had a goal and assist. He repeated his output on Thursday in a 5-4 win over the North Bay Battalion and was named the game’s first star. On Friday, while posting the same numbers, it wasn’t enough as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the Storm 6-5. He was held off the board on Sunday, including in the shootout as the Soo Greyhounds fell 4-3 to the Storm.