Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Petrus Palmu of the Owen Sound Attack is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 12 after leading the league with eight points in three games scoring four goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
Palmu recorded a pair of multi-point performances for the Attack who picked up a trio of victories last week moving up to third place in the Western Conference standings with a 45-15-2-2 record. He began the week by matching a season-high with four points on Thursday including a goal and three assists as second star of a 6-4 road win over the Niagara IceDogs. On Saturday night Palmu scored in a 4-2 win over the Saginaw Spirit, then finished the week with two goals and an assist on Sunday afternoon in Sarnia as first star of a 9-3 win over the Sting. Palmu now has points in eight straight games to match the Attack’s current point-streak that includes seven wins and an overtime loss in their last eight contests.
A 19-year-old from Joensuu, Finland, Palmu is playing in his third season with the Attack who selected him in the first round of the 2014 CHL Import Draft. He’s currently tied for fifth in league scoring with teammate Nick Suzuki recording 89 points in 58 games powered by 37 goals and 52 assists which are all career-highs. Palmu represented Finland at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and is the third member of the Attack to claim the league’s weekly honour following goaltender Michael McNiven and defenceman Santino Centorame who won back-to-back in January.
Watch video highlights of Palmu and the Attack against the IceDogs, Spirit, and Sting.
Also considered for the award this week was Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Los Angeles Kings prospect Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs who each produced seven points in three games including four goals and three assists. In goal, rookie Christian Propp of the Barrie Colts made 66 saves and posted a 1-1-0-0 record including his first career shutout victory carrying a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .957.
2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)