Reviewing the records from 2017-18
The 2017-18 OHL season is in the books, and with it a number of updated records from across the league’s 20 member teams. Here’s a look at some of the new statistical breakthroughs accomplished this past season.
TEAM RECORDS & MILESTONES:
– Won first East Division title in franchise history, posting a Bulldogs record 43 wins and 93 points.
– Surrendered 207 goals against, the lowest total since relocation to Hamilton in 2015-16. It’s the least goals against in all-time franchise history since 2012-13.
– 252 goals for are the most in Hamilton Bulldogs era and most in all-time franchise history since 2008-09.
– With a 5-4 comeback win over Owen Sound on March 4th, the Sarnia Sting set a new franchise single season wins mark with their 43rd. The mark surpasses the prior record of 42 set in 2015-16. The Sting ended the season with a total of 46 wins and a record 97 points.
– Set a new single season record for home wins with 25.
– Won a club record 14 consecutive games from September 30th to November 2nd, surpassing the prior mark of seven straight.
– The Sting tied the OHL’s best single season penalty killing percentage on record since the league began recording the stat at the outset of the 1997-98 season. The mark of 88.5% ties a record set by the 2016-17 Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
– The Greyhounds capped the regular season with a 6-3 home ice win over the London Knights to capture a franchise record 55th win. They finished with a CHL-best 116 points, which is also a franchise record.
– Strung together a franchise record 23 straight wins from Oct. 28 to Dec. 30 along with a run of 29 consecutive contests undefeated in regulation.
– Won 27 consecutive home games from Oct. 20th to Mar. 14th, a mark that stands as the second-longest in OHL history following the club’s undefeated season at home in 1984-85.
SINGLE-GAME, INDIVIDUAL RECORDS & MILESTONES:
– Ty Dellandrea set a new Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on record on January 25th in Guelph for fastest two goals by one player, scoring twice in a span of 1:07.
– Will Bitten recorded five points on November 24th, joining Stephen Harper and Matt Luff as the third player in Bulldogs history to do so. His four assists see him join Mason Marchment as the second player in club history to accomplish the feat.
– Evan Bouchard tied a Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game record with four points on January 25th in Guelph. He is the first defenceman to ever record four points in a single game. His four assists also tie a 1996 mark set by Daniel Briere.
Owen Sound Attack
– Scored a franchise record-tying 12 goals on October 14th in 12-6 win vs. Oshawa.
– Maksim Sushko tied a franchise record with two shorthanded goals on October 14th.
– Jordan Kyrou tied a Sting single-game points record with seven including four goals and three assists in a 9-0 win over Flint on February 25th.
– Franco Sproviero tied a franchise record with two shorthanded goals on October 14th in 6-1 win vs. Guelph.
SINGLE-SEASON, INDIVIDUAL RECORDS & MILESTONES:
– Aaron Luchuk hit the 100-point mark on March 2nd, joining recent Colts in Kevin Labanc, Andrew Mangiapane as well as Joseph Blandisi in hitting triple digits.
– Luchuk and Dmitry Sokolov are the first OHL teammates to each score 50 goals in a season since London’s Rob Schremp (57) and David Bolland (57) did so in 2005-06. Both players scored their 50th on the same night as the Colts defeated the Sudbury Wolves 6-4 on March 16th.
– Arthur Kaliyev’s 31 goals are the most by a 16-year-old rookie in Bulldogs all-time franchise history, surpassing Belleville forward Daniel Cleary’s prior mark of 26 from 1994-95. The 31 goals are the most by a 16-year-old rookie in the OHL since Sarnia’s Alex Galchenyuk (31) in 2010-11.
– Jason Robertson becomes the first Frontenacs player to record back-to-back 40-goal seasons since Mike Zigomanis in 2000 & 2001.
– Nicolas Hague set a new Mississauga Steelheads single season points record with 76, surpassing prior marks set by other teammates in Alexander Nylander (2015-16) and Owen Tippett (2016-17).
– Hague’s 35 goals are a Steelheads all-time single season record and the most by an OHL defenceman since Kingston’s Chris Allen (38) in 1997-98. Hague surpassed former Steelheads all-time record holder Brandon Devlin (20) on January 5th.
Owen Sound Attack
– With two goals and an assist on March 17th, Nick Suzuki registered his 100th point of the season, becoming the first Attack player since Bobby Ryan in 2006-07 to reach the century mark. He is just the fifth player to hit 100 points in a season since the franchise relocated to Owen Sound in 1989.
– Suzuki becomes the first Attack player to record back-to-back 40-goal seasons since Wes Goldie in 1999 & 2000.
– Jordan Kyrou became the OHL’s first 100-point scorer of 2017-18 on February 27th, doing so in his 50th game of the season. He follows Travis Konecny (2015-16) as the 12th player in Sting history to record 100 points in a season.
– Justin Fazio earned his 30th win on February 10th, setting a new Sting single season mark in the process as he surpassed the prior mark set by Dan Spence in 2008-09. Fazio wrapped up the season with a total of 37 wins.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
– Morgan Frost hit the 100-point milestone on March 2nd, doing so in his 60th game. He joins Nick Cousins (2012-13) as just the second Greyhound in the past 20 years to accomplish the feat.
– Frosts’s plus-70 plus/minus rating is the highest the OHL has seen since London’s Danny Syvret posted an identical figure in 2004-05.
– Frost and Boris Katchouk both scored 42 goals, giving the Greyhounds their first 40-goal combination since the trio of Joe Seroski (54), Richard Uniacke (44) and Joe Thornton (41) did so in 1996-97.
– Matthew Villalta’s 40 wins tie Brandon Halverson’s franchise record from 2014-15.
– Blake Murray led all 2017 OHL Priority Selection choices in points-per-game (0.77) and became the first rookie to lead the Wolves in team scoring in franchise history.
– For the second straight year, Michael DiPietro set a Spitfires franchise single season shutouts mark.
CAREER, INDIVIDUAL RECORDS & MILESTONES:
– Coach Dale Hawerchuk became the fourth active OHL coach to work his 500th career game on November 26th.
– Dmitry Sokolov finished his OHL career with 128 career regular season goals, the most by an import player in OHL history. He scored his 100th career OHL goal on January 12th.
– Sokolov recorded his 200th career OHL point on February 25th.
– Aaron Luchuk scored his 100th career OHL goal and recorded his 200th career OHL point on January 18th.
– Kyle Maksimovich recorded his 200th career OHL point on December 15th.
– Ryan Moore played his 300th career OHL regular season game on January 28th.
– Moore recorded his 200th career OHL point on December 1st.
– Will Bitten recorded his 200th career OHL point on January 17th.
– Jeremy Helvig set a new Frontenacs all-time record for wins by a goaltender on February 18th, surpassing former record-holder Chris Clifford (1983-87). Helvig finished his OHL career with 81 career regular season wins, all accomplished in a Frontenacs uniform.
– Helvig set a new Frontenacs all-time shutouts record on December 28th. The ninth of his career put him ahead of Peter Hamerlik (2000-03) for the most in franchise history. Helvig finished the season with 10 career shutouts.
– Cliff Pu recorded his 200th career OHL point on March 4th.
– Jason Robertson recorded his 200th career OHL point on March 14th.
– Adam Mascherin scored his 100th career OHL goal on December 5th.
– Logan Brown recorded his 200th career OHL point on February 25th.
– Coach Dale Hunter became the third coach in OHL history to win 700 games, joining Brian Kilrea and Bert Templeton in that department on December 2nd.
– Nicolas Hague became the all-time leader in goals by a defenceman in Steelheads franchise history on October 20th, surpassing Cameron Gaunce (2007-10) who held the prior record of 33. Hague finished the season with 67 career goals.
– Stephen Gibson set a new Mississauga Steelheads career games played mark on February 22nd. His 252nd regular season game in a Steelheads uniform surpassed the prior mark held by Josh Burnside. Gibson finished his OHL career with 263 regular season games played.
– Michael McLeod recorded his 200th career OHL point on March 8th.
North Bay Battalion
– Coach Stan Butler earned his 700th career OHL win on March 2nd, becoming just the fourth coach in OHL history to reach the milestone.
– Hayden McCool played his 300th career OHL regular season game on February 25th.
Owen Sound Attack
– Coach Todd Gill earned his 100th OHL victory on January 6th.
– Ethan Szypula played his 300th career OHL regular season game on February 2nd.
– Brett McKenzie played his 300th career OHL regular season game on January 12th.
– McKenzie recorded his 200th career OHL point on January 6th.
– McKenzie scored his 100th career OHL goal on March 17th.
– Nick Suzuki recorded his 200th career OHL point on February 3rd. He scored his 100th career OHL goal on March 10th.
– Nikita Korotstelev recorded his 200th career OHL point on September 30th.
– Korostelev scored his 100th career OHL goal on October 8th.
– Evan Cormier played in his 167th career regular season game in a Spirit uniform on January 21st. The new club mark surpassed the old record set by Jake Paterson (2010-15).
– Cormier played his 200th career OHL game on March 17th.
– Cormier surpassed Paterson with his sixth shutout in franchise history on December 15th. Cormier finished the season with a total of nine career shutouts, seven of which came as a member of the Spirit.
– Mason Kohn played his 300th career OHL regular season game on March 10th.
– Jordan Kyrou became the all-time leader in Sarnia Sting assists on December 8th. Kyrou’s 159th career helper put him ahead of Kris Newbury (1999-2003) on the Sting’s franchise list. Kyrou finished the season with a total of 191 assists.
– Kyrou recorded his 200th career OHL point on October 19th.
– Justin Fazio set new career franchise marks for games played (176) and wins (92). Fazio played in his 148th career contest on December 6th to surpass Robert Gherson (2000-04) in that department. His 64th career win on October 20th moved him ahead of Patrick DesRochers (1995-99).
– Coach Derian Hatcher earned his 100th OHL victory on January 6th.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
– Taylor Raddysh set an OHL playoff record on May 12th, competing in his 77th career postseason contest to surpass Bryan Cameron atop the league’s all-time list.
– Raddysh scored his 100th career OHL goal on December 7th.
– Boris Katchouk scored his 100th career OHL goal on March 9th.
– Katchouk recorded his 200th career OHL point on March 11th.
– Morgan Frost recorded his 200th career OHL point on March 14th.
– Coach Drew Bannister won his 100th OHL contest on November 24th.
– Michael DiPietro’s seven shutouts increase his career total to 15, one shy of OHL record-holder Thomas McCollum who established the career mark of 16 back in 2008-09.