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Attack’s McNiven sets new single-season franchise wins record

Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven continues to excel in what’s been a record-breaking season for the Owen Sound Attack netminder.

McNiven made 31 saves on Saturday as the Attack defeated the division rival London Knights 7-3 on home ice. His 33rd win of the season sets a new Attack single-season record, surpassing the mark of 32 set by Jordan Binnington during the 2012-13 season.

The native of Georgetown, Ont. recently became the Attack’s franchise leader in shutouts on February 15th against Flint, making 16 saves in a 4-0 win to record the 10th (regular season) shutout of his OHL career.

McNiven currently sits tied for the OHL lead with six shutouts on the season, one shy of Binnington’s single-season franchise mark of seven also set during the 2012-13 campaign.

McNiven also leads the league with a goals-against average of 2.14 through 45 games. The existing Attack single-season franchise record for goals-against average was also posted by Binnington during the 2012-13 season when he claimed OHL Goaltender of the Year honours with a GAA of 2.17.

The 6-foot-1, 212Ib. McNiven is currently in his third OHL season, going 69-35-8-5 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage with 11 shutouts over 122 regular season games. He was Owen Sound’s fourth round (66th overall) pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection and was signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens in September 2015.

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