Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 9 after posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .951.
Raaymakers stopped 98 shots in three games for the West Division champion Greyhounds who opened their Western Conference Semi-Final series last week against the Owen Sound Attack with a pair of wins on home ice. In Game 1 last Wednesday he made 27 saves as second star of a 4-1 victory, then earned first star honours in Game 2 on Friday with 34 saves in another 4-1 decision. On Sunday night in Owen Sound the Attack clawed back for their first win of the series, but Raaymakers stood tall earning third star recognition with 37 saves in Game 3’s 4-1 outcome. The series continues with Game 4 on Tuesday followed by Game 5 on Friday.
A 19-year-old from Chatham, ON, Raaymakers is playing in his third season with the Greyhounds who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. He currently leads all netminders with a post-season goals-against-average of 1.43 and save percentage of .954 after producing marks of 3.38 and .889 in 41 regular season appearances. He previously earned Player of the Week honours back in October and was the first of eight different goaltenders to earn the distinction in 2016-17.
Watch video highlights of Raaymakers and the Greyhounds against the Attack in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3.
Also considered for the award this week was 2017 NHL Draft prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs who led the league with six points in three games including a goal and five assists. Additional consideration came from between-the-pipes as Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes made 55 saves in two second round victories posting a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .948, while Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons carried a 2-1 record including a shutout victory with 103 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.10 and save percentage of .945.
2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
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)